Legal & Ethical Obligations of Musical Content Production & Distribution Companies

The main questions this article addresses are below: Do entertainment producers (especially record companies) have either a legal or an ethical obligation to control the violent, hateful or sexual content of their products, or is there something to be said for the concept of "giving the public what it wants?" What should the music industry's response be to criticism that tragedies such as the Columbine High School shootings and other grotesque acts of sociopaths are sometimes instigated, or perhaps just made more likely, by the lyrics of so-called Goth, Neo-Nazi and even Rap bands?

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