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Identifying Modals In Context

 

 

The Recording Industry vs. Music Pirates

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Programs such as Napster and Gnutella allow you to download MP3 files from other people's hard drives without paying a penny to the artist or entertainment industry. With a Napster client such as Macster (or the Mac-compatible Furi client for Gnutella) and a broadband Internet connection, Mac users can download an album's worth of MP3 files in less than an hour. This leads us to the second factor: high-speed Internet access.


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), an industry group that represents major record labels, filed suit against Napster. As we went to press, a judge had decided not to dismiss the lawsuit against Napster, leaving open the possibility of a trial.

 How does this affect you?

It might put Napster out of business, and if you're a devoted Napster user, this is certainly sad news. But Metallica's actions could bring the controversy closer to home. The fact that Metallica was able to obtain the screen names of these users should concern those who post and download files on Napster.

 

Should the recording industry wish to get personal and go after individuals--and you engage in this kind of file trading--it's possible that you'll be taken to task (prosecuted) for your actions.

Where will this all lead? While the recording industry should have seen this coming, the fact is they didn't. Moving copyrighted files across the Internet is both easy to do and easy to get away with--but it won't be for long. Though the RIAA and Metallica aren't likely to start getting people who download an MP3 or two tossed into the pokey, they will take steps other than prosecution to protect their rights and work. This means that stricter copy-protection schemes will be introduced in the near future. Yet this too is a short-term solution; though copy-protection measures will surely reduce piracy, savvy people will find a way to skirt them. With this in mind, the entertainment industry must eventually bow to the realities of this new wired world, shift its current distribution model, and seek alternative means of compensation--with actions such as advertising on online distribution centers, offering "bonus" material that can be purchased only online, and streaming "pay to play" content on demand.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Practice

Recognizing  the Verb Forms in Context

 

 

 

1.   What are the tenses of these modals (from the article above?)
 

# MODAL PHRASE              CHECK ANSWER           
1a
1b
1c
1d

 

 

# MODAL SENTENCE   YOUR RESPONSE HINT

2.

What is the meaning of this modal?
Computer users can download an album's worth of MP3 files in less than 3 minutes.



possibility
potential
permission

 

3. Is this modal phrase active or passive?
"This means that stricter copy-protection schemes will be introduced in the near future."

 

4. What is the meaning of the modal phrase?
Should the recording industry wish
to get personal and go after individuals--and you engage in this kind of file trading--it's possible that you'll be taken to task (prosecuted) for your actions.


 

5. What is the meaning of the modal phrase?
Metallica's actions could bring the controversy closer to home.
 


 

6. What modal phrase completes the blank in the embedded sentence?
QUOTE:
"We will write stricter digital copyright laws."
EMBEDDED SENTENCE
:
A few years ago when creating digital copyright laws, the legislators never dreamed they _______ need to write stricter digital copyright laws.