THE fact that HMV and Blockbuster are in trouble is said to be because of downloads and streaming music and films.

If this is the case then it is not only going to put high street retailers out of business/work if physical copies of CDs and DVDs cease to exist, what about the printers who print sleevenotes/jackets?

Then there’s the plastic manufacturerers who make the CD and DVD cases and the discs themselves.

If they lose the contracts for these they are likely to lay people off or close altogether.

So when downloading, think what you’re doing. Yes, you may be saving money, but you are putting someone’s job at risk.