first of all I'd like to say that I like this initiative and this forum. Although I 'presume' I write understandable English, I still would like to get rid of stupid mistakes. Researching about music piracy for my journalism studies, I'd like to write organisations related to copyright matters to ask them about their point of view in a formal way. I looked up some things and formulations and I came up with this letter. Can you tell me if there are still large mistakes in it? Thanks in advance,



Dear Sir / Madam

My name is Joris Heymans. I'm a journalism student at the Plantijnhogeschool in Antwerp (Belgium). Currently I am researching about illegal filesharing and music piracy. I hope you can help me in obtaining a better view on the vision of organisations related to copyright affairs.

I would like to get to know more about your organisation's view on the way the recording industry should deal with the current situation. Should the industry invest in preventing illegal filesharing and downloading, trying to wipe out music piracy, or should companies concentrate on searching for other activities (such as offering legal downloads, ringtones etc.) that may make up the loss of incomes throuh piracy?

Can you provide me with an answer on this question or tell me where I can find more information about the organisation's point of view on this matter?

I would like to thank you in advance for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Joris Heymans

Plantijn Hogeschool, Antwerpen

Good letter. I'd just change a couple of parts.

I am researching about illegal ....- no 'about'. Just say I am researching illegal....

that may make up the loss of incomes throuh piracy - that may make up the income lost through piracy.
Thanks for the help!