How Millennials Acquire, Use and Share Music Research Paper by Nicky

A look at how the Millennial generation acquires, uses and shares recorded music.
# 151250 | 2,560 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 30, 2012 in Music Studies (Contemporary) , Law (General) , Research Designs (General)

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This paper attempts to deliver a comprehensive and critical review of the relevant juried and scholarly literature concerning the manner in which Millennials acquire, use and share music. Additionally, it further identifies similarities and differences that may exist between young people in the UK and the U.S.on this topic. First, the paper describes the Millenial generation and the importance they place on music. Then, it highlights some legal issues involved in how they acquire their music. This is followed by an extensive literature review and a list of hypotheses and research questions. Next, the paper outlines the methodology and population sample that will be used in a larger study. The paper concludes with a reference list of articles to be used in the research.


Statement of the Problem
Significance of the Problem
Purpose of the Proposed Study
Preliminary Review of the Literature
Research Questions and Hypothesis
Anticipated Research Methodology
Population and Sample

From the Paper:

"As noted above, the values of Millennials differ in fundamental ways from those of previous generations in ways that are contributing to the diminution of the intellectual property rights of recording artists and recording studios alike. This observation is not a value judgment, per se, but rather a pragmatic analysis of how the easy access to music online has affected the perception among Millennials concerning the appropriateness of acquiring, using and sharing their music. In this regard, Van Horn (2006) reports that another recent survey of American Millennials found that fully three-quarters of them agree that "music downloading and file-sharing is so easy to do, it's unrealistic to expect people not to do it"; moreover, more than half (55%) report that "they do not care much whether what they download is copyrighted or not" (p. 727). While there are no discernible complaints being voiced by the Millennials in this scenario, the fact remains that there are laws being violated in some cases and these activities make criminals out of a significant part of an entire generation. As Van Horn points out, "Maybe the record and movie studios have reason to complain" (p. 727). Just as importantly, perhaps, these otherwise law-abiding young people are learning that some laws can be broken with impunity..."

Sample of Sources Used:

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