The Role Of Censorship In The Music Industry

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How has the music industry handled the merging of music with technology? Prior to the mass utilization of the internet, people would have to purchase their music in the stores. Regardless of the sales, the musicians made substantially more in profit than they do today. Musicians are losing money on a daily basis due to music piracy. Artist have been forced to turn to the courts for retribution. While several other artists have sought solace in confronting the websites that continually provide their music for free or veritably close to free. Peer to peer is abbreviated P2P. The words peer to peer means computer networks of computers can act as servers to share files and miscellaneous things without a central server. Peer-to-peer file sharing …show more content…
For example, Spotify has three different types of membership; free, paid subscriptions and a premium membership package. Spotify does reimburse the artist or owner for authorizing the downloading of their songs. The website Spotify is a driving force in online music sharing and is readily available for music downloading throughout the web. As far as Spotify 's royalties are concerned, Spotify professes that they only retain 30 percent and surrender 70 percent of the owners of the music. The owners of music, mostly refer to the artist. However, the owners of music name can also apply to record labels and lawyers. Reason being, the contracts they enter into with musical artist show they retain rights to the artist music. There are numerous amounts of different online streaming platforms that provide music online for free. There are websites that charge a slight fee for songs, such as Amazon and Apple. Amazon will allow the music download for a small price after you get the App. Consequently, Apple uses the cloud for music downloads. Apple also expects their users to purchase an I-tunes card. The Apple Website says one person can have a membership for $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for a family. Amazon offers different …show more content…
LimeWire was released on May 3, 2000, as a P2P to help users conduct free downloads. The creator of LimeWire was Mark Gordon. LimeWire was one of the first peer-to-peer websites that had a negative affected the music industry. Users were able to download countless amounts of their favorite artist’s music without the cost of anything. The music industry has been affected negatively by the piracy of peer-to-peer websites. For that reason, it cost money to produce the music. Musicians have to pay for recording time, studio space and whoever is assisting you in creating the CD. All the while, fans were downloading the music for free. Thus, the artists weren’t getting the money they naturally expected to receive. LimeWire was shut down by the (Recording Industry Association of America) RIAA through a case through the U.S. Federal court system. Gordon was found guilty of copyright infringement, influenced others to commit copyright infringement, and was forced to pay $75 trillion dollars in damages. In the early 2000’s, a P2P site named Napster advertised free music download was helping people by allowing MP3 files from artist. The creator of Napster was Sean Parker and

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