The two players in this copyright legislation issues within the music industry has been labeled as industry verse the consumer audience or pirates. This ongoing dispute has results in various legal actions such as “the battle over online music in the US turned ugly in the summer of 2003 when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) initiated lawsuits against its own consumers (Condry 2004, p.343). These lawsuits were placed to the consumers and Internet service providers in order to punish the actions of music piracy. “The RIAA hopes the dragnet, and ensuing publicity, will change the ‘culture’ of file-sharing online by convincing computer owners that using software to share music files is identical to shoplifting from a neighborhood store” (Condry 2004, p.344). My first suggestion I would recommend for the record industry concerning piracy is in relation to Condry’s article is to change the format of these files that the music produced in. Changing the format will decrease the ability of a consumer to download music files illegally. This will develop an obstacle when downloading music for the consumer. This alternation will in fact change the culture of file sharing in a positive way and decrease the ability and amount of piracy. My first suggestion I would recommend for the record industry concerning piracy is in relation to the music industry are the websites used in the process of piracy. Bradley states “I would argue that when taken together, Napster and IRC constituted an online scene for the sharing and dissemination of the hacking subculture’s beliefs and practices through the filter of music-obsessed youth culture” (Bradley 2006, p.1). Without these websites pirates would have a very difficult time exploiting songs from the music industry. Disallowing theses websites on the Internet will discourage pirates to download music. I would recommend a legal law to disallow piracy if it’s this big of a deal. In my opinion, I don’t see the HUGE issue in piracy. You can’t pirate live performances, shows, concerts and other music industry events. This aspect of music industry includes live performances, which have special affects, fireworks and other affects that cannot be duplicated through pirating music.
Bradley, D. (2006) Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural Practice. M/C Journal. 9(1).
Condry, Ian. (2004). Cultures of Music Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and Japan. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363