Digital Downloading and the Music Industry Analytical Essay by Nicky

Digital Downloading and the Music Industry
An examination of digital downloading's effect on the music industry.
# 148797 | 1,742 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2011 in Business (Law) , Business (Industries) , Music Studies (General)

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The paper discusses how Internet-based music and digital entertainment distribution is defined by the legal and regulatory conflicts over digital rights management (DRM). The paper addresses how the RIAA and NARAS organizations contend that downloads are software piracy and contract an already challenging music recording industry, even while there is an abundance of empirical research supporting the fact that downloads impact the profitability of the music industry. The paper then looks at the Apple company as one that has successfully monetized digital music and been able to navigate through the many issues of DRM and regulatory compliance. Finally, the paper considers the future of digital media and entertainment distribution over the Internet.

Litigation Will Define Digital Downloading's Impact on the Music Industry
The Future of Internet Music & Digital Entertainment Is Heavily Dependent on Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Interpretation of Music Downloads' Effects Critical To Future of Industry
How Apple Has Made DRM Successful: What The Future of Downloads Will Be
The Future of Digital Media & Entertainment Distribution over the Internet

From the Paper:

"The case of Jeffrey and Pam Howell, who were sued by seven different music companies all claiming the Howells had violated the copyrights of their songs by placing them in a shareable folder within Napster in 2006, illustrates how Internet-based distribution of music and digital content must have a solid legal and regulatory foundation on which to base future growth first if it is to succeed. In May, 2008 a US District Court Judge in Arizona ruled in favor of the Howells saying that actual sharing and distribution of the digital songs would have needed to take place in order for there to be an actual copyright infringement. As a result, the Judge rejected the motion by Atlantic Record Company who coordinated the lawsuit with six other corporations against the Howells. In concluding the case Judge Neil Wake specifically said that just making the music available for downloading over the Internet does not in an of itself violate copyrights."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Apple, Investor Relations. Apple Computer. 2008. Apple Investor Relations. 14 May 2009 <>.
  • Anirban Banerjee, Michalis Faloutsos, Laxmi Bhuyan. "The P2P war: Someone is monitoring your activities. " Computer Networks 52.6 (2008): 1272. This peer-reviewed article discusses how the MPAA and RIAA engage in borderline and even unethical activities in attempts to track people who are downloading music from Napster and other well-known P2P music sharing sites. They also focused on the areas. The essence of this article is a test using PlanetLab as a means of measuring IP-based activity in an attempt to trap blocklisted IP addresses. The point of the analysis was to see if it was indeed possible for MPAA and RIAA to be as thorough as they promoted themselves as being.
  • Grant Buckler. . "Bull from the entertainment industry. " Computer Dealer News 14 Jul 2006: 11. 14 May. 2009 This article discusses how music producers and trade associations have begin looking at consumers not as groups to serve but ones to monitor and not trust. The article does a good job of pointing out the paranoia inherent in these industry groups and music producers.
  • Eric P Chiang, Djeto Assane. "Determinants of music copyright violations on the university campus. " Journal of Cultural Economics 31.3 (2007): 187-204. Excellent study of university students and how economic and demographic factors influence their perception of the ethicacy of copyright violations. In addition this study looks at which incentives were most and leas effective in getting university students to engage in file sharing.
  • Ross Dannenberg. . "Copyright Protection for Digitally Delivered Music: A Global Affair. " Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal 18.2 (2006): 12-16. Discusses the global trends towards outlawing digital downloads through P2P sites and supports the rights of music copyright holders. It also explains how the future of digital downloading is more litigious than technological.

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