The Legal and Regulatory Effects Influencing Digital Music Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Legal and Regulatory Effects Influencing Digital Music
This paper discusses the ongoing dispute between advocates of free use of the Internet for distributing, copying and use of digital music versus the industry associates such as the music industry of America.
# 147232 | 1,738 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2011 in Law (Property) , Computer and Technology (Internet) , Music Studies (General)

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The paper discusses the case of the record industry versus the Howell family for making digital music available for download via Napster and whether it was illegal or not. A discussion of the use of digital rights management (DRM) to track when, where and how digital music is downloaded and the legality thereof is also included. The effect of software piracy on the music recording industry is also discussed. The paper concludes with a look at potential future problems including video downloads.

Table of Contents:
The Case of record Industry versus Jeffrey Howell
Digital Rights Management goes Orwellian
A Confused Industry on Downloads' Effects
Music's Next Generation is on Video

From the Paper:

"Where Apple has succeeded in creating a unique digital media ecosystem, their competitors have failed. The recent announcement as of February, 2009 of Microsoft opening their own digital music store to supplement their Zune series of devices has met with lukewarm industry response. Microsoft has not yet taken a stand on DRM issues nor have the defined their strategies for dealing with the intricacies of RIAA and NARAS as it relates to the content purchased. There is a very good chance however that Microsoft will concentrate on an aggressively strategy to eventually attain DRM-free status of their downloads while also appeasing the legal entities that dominate this industry. Their challenges and the series of efforts they will need to make in order for this entire strategy to be successful will be fascinating to watch evolve over the coming years."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Apple, Investor Relations (2009). Investor Relations. Retrieved February 12, 2009, from Apple Investor Relations and Filings with the SEC Web site:
  • Anirban Banerjee, Michalis Faloutsos, Laxmi Bhuyan. (2008). The P2P war: Someone is monitoring your activities. Computer Networks, 52(6), 1272. Retrieved February 22, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1459088171).
  • Grant Buckler (2006, July). Bull from the entertainment industry. Computer Dealer News, 22(10), 11. Retrieved February 21, 2009 from ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry database. (Document ID: 1084819371).
  • Eric P Chiang, Djeto Assane. (2007). Determinants of music copyright violations on the university campus. Journal of Cultural Economics, 31(3), 187-204. Retrieved February 19, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1341325031).
  • Ross Dannenberg (2006). Copyright Protection for Digitally Delivered Music: A Global Affair. Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, 18(2), 12-16. Retrieved February 18, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 989434441).

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