Copyrights and Music File Sharing Term Paper by Master Researcher

Copyrights and Music File Sharing
A look at copyright issues involved in the technology of music file sharing.
# 38663 | 1,650 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 14, 2003 in Business (Industries) , Law (General) , Music Studies (General)

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This paper explores the technology of music file sharing and then examines the law and the broader social and ethical issues surrounding the technology. The paper outlines the lawsuits involved and demonstrates the tremendous legal and social implications of the ICT revolution as well as the controversy surrounding it.

From the Paper:

"File sharing permits users to access files held on other users' hard drives. For example, on a company intranet file sharing permits the purchasing department to view documents regarding engineering specifications held on computers in the engineering department. In the same way a manufacturing plant in Malaysia can access engineering documents in the Untied States or Europe. There are many legitimate, legal and important uses for file sharing.
"Kazaa, and Napster before it, networked individual personal computers (PCs) and permit members of the network with the free downloadable software to share music files. This means that users can download music to their hard drive, and then copy it to a Compact Disc (CD) or other format.
"The technology that this is based on was initially introduced in 1987. In that year a German company, Fraunhofer IIS introduced ISO-MPEG Audio Layer-3 (commonly known as MP3) "as a way of compressing CD-quality sound files." (Greenfeld, 2000, p. 61) The availability of the technology to convert CDs to music files on the computer, while preserving the quality of the recording, was not, however, enough to initiate file sharing and the popularity that it was to achieve."

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