Illegal Music Downloads and Copyright Infringement Term Paper by Nicky

A look at ethical issues involved with illegal music downloads.
# 151175 | 2,019 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 28, 2012 in Law (Property) , Computer and Technology (Technology)

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This paper examines various legal and ethics issues involved with illegally downloading and distributing music. Specific points involving downloads and how they impact revenue of artists and violating intellectual property rights are discusses. In particular, the paper notes the case of the Howells, who faced a court battle over uploading music to a peer-to-peer site. Next, the paper addresses digital rights management and how the music industry interacts with its distribution channels and value chains. Additionally, the paper notes that copyright infringement laws are being tested daily by the widespread practice of illegally downloading and distributing music. The paper concludes by stating that there must be a consistency to the execution of this standard so that once music and all other forms of digital content arrive with a consumer they cannot duplicate, sell, post or use as easily as they can today.


Determining Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Copyright Infringement

From the Paper:

"The specific case of the Howells has specifically called into question the role of P2P sites and if their very existence is the catalyst of illegal file sharing activity (Altschuller, Benbunan-fich, 2009). According to the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) The P2P sites created a fertile opportunity for the limits of 17 U.S.C. 106(3) to be tested continually (Banerjee, Faloutsos, Bhuyan, 2008). In effect the P2P sites became the ethical proving grounds of how all forms of digitally mastered intellectual property would be treated either as individually owned assets of those consumers who purchased them, or as the storing areas of services, often originating on college campuses as Napster did, of storing digital content. The ethicacy of Napster, Pirate Bay and many others were early brought into question however, as their ethical and legal argument stated that under 17 U.S.C. 106(3) they were performing a distribution..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Altschuller, S., & Benbunan-fich, R.(2009). Is music downloading the new prohibition? What students reveal through an ethical dilemma. Ethics and Information Technology, 11(1), 49-56.
  • Banerjee, A., Faloutsos, M., & Bhuyan, L. (2008). The P2P war: Someone is monitoring your activities. Computer Networks, 52(6), 1272.
  • Norman E Bowie. (2005). Digital Rights and Wrongs: Intellectual Property in the Information Age. Business and Society Review, 110(1), 77-96.
  • Ross Dannenberg. (2006). Copyright Protection for Digitally Delivered Music: A Global Affair. Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, 18(2), 12-16.
  • Robert F. Easley. (2005). Ethical Issues in the Music Industry Response to Innovation and Piracy. Journal of Business Ethics, 62(2), 163-168.

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