Piracy of the Digital Age When the word piracy is mentioned, the majority of people tend to think of large ships firing cannon balls at each other, and men with large hats and bad teeth. That image is, however, is greatly outdated. The average present-day pirate doesn’t steal gold or jewels, they steal digital files. The Recording Industry Association of America has described online pirating as: “You can’t see them coming; there’s no warning shot across your bow. Yet rest assured the pirates are out there…Today’s pirates operate…on the Internet, in illegal CD factories, distribution centers, and on the street” (Fisher). From the creation of the CD the music industry has battled for their artists’ work, not to mention all the people behind the screen that mix and market that music. In the present day crimes are committed everyday behind computer screens, the one crime that is not taken as seriously as it the other digital crimes is piracy. Digital piracy and file sharing should be made more aware of and the consequences should be carried out as justly and swiftly as if someone stole something physically. “There is no difference between pocketing a CD in a Tower Records and downloading copyrighted songs from Morpheus. Theft is theft” (Fisher). Before the creation of personal music devices such as CDs, records, or iPods; the only way to listen to music was the radio or playing the music physically. To be able to play the music in your home, people would purchase sheet music from vendors and the sheet music had copyrights attached to it giving credit to the artist and others that made it. Copyrights have been used as far back as three centuries when England enacted the world’s first modern copyright. It was called the “Act for the Encouragement of Learning”, it granted authors exclusive rights to print and reprint copies of their works for a length of fourteen years (Tehranian). “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression” (U.S. Copyright Office). Even though copyrights rights are stated in the Constitution the offenders of this law are not taken seriously. Copyright infringement, the term applied to the act of breaking a copyright, should be taken as seriously as physical stealing. In this new digital age, where music is available everywhere not just the record store, record companies and CD producers are being affected more then ever by digital piracy. The real decline of the record industry was the development of the CD. Before the CD were used to privately play music, but to pirate records the person needed a press, which not many had access to. The CD led to CD burners, which were devices attached to a CD player or computer and it made a copy of the CD. When the development of digital files came to the light to be used in portable music players, mp3s or iPods, pirating became even easier. The irony of whole situation is that each new development made to promote the music industry only made stealing from it easier. The reason one of copyright infringements alternate names is peer-to-peer file sharing is because so many people do it. There are specific websites just for file sharing digital files of music and movies. There are established sites that have an online community of fans and musicians and the site is not aware or chooses to ignore copyright infringement. Universal Music Group has been in partnership with MySpace, which as recently become a music wheelhouse. UMG said that “The foundation of MySpace is its so-called ‘user-generated content.’ However, much of that content is not ‘user-generated’ at all. Rather, it is the ‘user-stolen’ intellectual property of others, and MySpace is a willing partner in that theft” (DiOrio). Most websites used for file sharing, however, are created for that specific purpose. Websites like limewire.com and bittorrent.com use software that enables file sharing. The
effective in reducing online music piracy. Online music piracy is the illegal sharing of copyrighted music over the internet and is a growing issue as the internet becomes more accessible. It has a damaging effect on the music industry, as the incomes of artists, producers, and others alike are affected. Research was conducted to identify the relevant legal and technological measures currently undertaken, and to determine if they are effective in curbing online music piracy. This was done through a survey…
How has the consumer’s attitude toward piracy affected the music industry?
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“A decade’s worth of music file sharing has made it clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.”
(Bono, IFPI Digital Music Report 2010)
The music industry…
The Case of SOPA
It is an unfortunate reality that in this age of technology cybercrime has been on the rise. This fact has instilled fear into many individuals and companies have lobbied the government to put a policy in place that can help stunt the growth of cybercrime. Unfortunately websites such as "Isohunt" have been developed that allows for the sharing of software, from one individual who buys the product to potentially millions…
increase their game diversification in order to attract more customers and to be more competitive. According to the customer survey in 2011, the results reveal the change in buyer market served in video game console industry which shows that the majority age group of console players is ranged from 12-30 and there are even 26% players aged of 55-64. However, hardcore gamer that mainly teenagers players are the primary targeted market of Sony and Microsoft while the target audiences of Nintendo are more causal…
The Effects Of Piracy On The Music Industry
Since the birth of the computer, people have partaken in many activities based on the web. Some positive, some negative, and some down right illegal. The most common incident of illegal activity online is through what some would call modern day piracy. The more accepted term used is file sharing, and it is just that: sharing files over the web, typically illegally. File sharing has been a controversy who’s legality has been frivolously debated since…
Content, IP, and the consumer environment in the digital age
By Charlotte Christou
Intro: IP, Copyrights, and distribution models become more challenging to manage as content goes digital.
1. Internet – A disruptive technology
a. Data upon demand
b. Online shopping
c. Electronic content distribution
d. Social Media
f. Global connection
g. Cloud Computing
h. Business models will change –how do you pay, Broadband, satellite, wireless, etc…
awarded $5.4 million to the Isley Brothers is the greatest sum ever given in association with a case of plagiarism in music. There are huge consequences when an artist infringes on another artist's song.
Another famous court case involving music piracy is Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisons Music. George Harrison released a song in 1971 called, “My Sweet Lord.” He released the song under the Apple label, and it became number one and remained on the charts for twenty-seven weeks. Yet, in 1962, the Chiffons…
music overcome the threat of online piracy and file sharing?
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The rise of the Internet era opened the whole new market for traditional media full of opportunities as well as threats. Online piracy being one of them because the music and film industry loses £5.4bn in a year and if it was reduced by 10% it could have created up to 13 thousand jobs in the UK. There are various attempts taken to fight with online piracy; a case study of Anti-Counterfeiting…
Yochai Benkler and Lawrence Lessig fight to free our culture from the grip of the past; their works complement one another as both have unique perspectives on the struggle for freedom in the digital age. Benkler focuses on how the propertization of the information environment is causing a loss of personal autonomy. Lessig argues that the balance between property protected by copyright and the rights of people to build on creative work is skewed. Lessing’s book Free Culture and Benkler’s article…
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, judges, timekeeper and my most honorable opponents. We’re here today to present to you our perspective on the free music distribution on the internet, a subject very close to our personal lives. We believe that digital music should freely distributed around the internet for everyone to share and download. BIRT we allow free distribution of music on the Internet. Thank you.
Definitions according to Dictionary.com
Internet A vast computer network linking smaller…