Peer File Sharing In The Music Industry

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The Internet is a revolutionary tool that assists individuals with simple and complex tasks and makes communication efficient. The Internet allows individuals to distribute data including peer-to-peer file sharing. Peer-to-peer file sharing is the sharing of digital media through the Internet. When an individual searches for digital media files through p2p software, they are given many options to choose from and download straight to their computer. Although file sharing is convenient and a lot of the times cost-free, many major concerns arise such as piracy and the downfall of the music industry. The music industry has faced piracy prior to the age of the Internet by individuals selling illegal CD’s and DVD’s. It has now evolved to a much larger …show more content…
Piracy has evolved through Internet by peer-to-peer file sharing. Peer-to-peer file sharing differs from traditional file downloading because instead of a search and individual utilizes a software that locates computers that poses the file that you search for. The origins of digital piracy and downloads began with P2P software Napster, introduced in 1999 by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The software pioneered an entire movement and completely discombobulated the order of the music industry. The company received a tremendous amount of feedback and music fans were ecstatic that they were able to download all the music they want from the comfort of their own home. This did not sit well with record companies and musicians particularly. In 2000 the drummer of the band Metallica filed a lawsuit against the organization and for the first time a band had taken charge to file litigations against a file-sharing service. In an interview, co founder Sean Parker stated that “Napster was deeply offensive to the cultural norms that existed at that time and to the power structure of the recorded-music business that existed relatively unchanged for [many] years” (Burner, 2015). It is apparent that peer-to-peer file sharing distrupted the balance of the music industry and now organizations were doing everything in their power to defend against …show more content…
Music is a vague industry because it is difficult to protect creative rights due to similar ideas and there is no quantifiable way of measuring creative thought. Therefore there are laws in place, which govern the use published material and cannot be copied or utilized unless they have given permission. In an article titled “file sharing on the internet” by Gemma Collins and Tom Flanagan, they claim, “In the case of material property, the externalities to be captured are mostly negative. CDs, books, or seats in movie theatres are scarce physical resources that need legal protection against those who would take them without payment”(Collins and Flanagan, 2006). Technically file sharing is legal in Canada and it up to the rights holder to decide what is infringement. In the terms of physical copies, it is illegal to obtain something without paying for it but it is legal to share a file online except if the person is exploiting it for re-distributed purposes, charges can be filed. If so, how are authorities governing the amount of illegal content download. As of January 1 2015, the copyright modernization act took place, which requires Internet service providers to notify their users if they violate copyright laws (freeman, 2015). This act was passed to merely please record companies because hardly any actions have been taken to prevent such illegal

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