Personally, I do not agree with Sousa’s argument in this reading.  He mentions that “[he] forsee[s] a marked deterioration in american music and musical taste, an interruption in the musical development of the country, and a host of other injuries to music in its artistic manifestations….”  While he does have a point that the ability to record music with a machine will change the culture around music, I do not think that it is a bad thing. I think that the ability to record and sell music was rather a beneficial addition to the music industry.  This allowed more people to have access to music, storing of music, and increasing the size of the market, allowing musicians to more successfully pursue music as a full time career. Furthermore, to address his concern on copyright laws, I feel like that was an issue that we do not face today.  Now, everything is so connected that there is very little opportunity for anyone to steal another person’s work without getting noticed, and if this happens then the creator of the song will receive all of the revenue. It is so strict that even a small 15 second clip is enough for a person to lose all revenue off of their song.  I feel like this threat of losing all that money for such a small difference in their song is a big risk nobody wants to take. Of course, back then this was written it was much more difficult to catch people stealing other material since each city had different sets of artists, especially compared to now where an artist is known across nations rather than cities.  Copyright is no longer a serious issue we need to be concerned about, showing that this issue was able to resolve itself as time went on.