New Media suggestions in relation to Piracy!

             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 JapanInternational Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363



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5 responses to “New Media suggestions in relation to Piracy!

  1. The laws to shut down peer to peer file sharing websites are already in place. These are the same laws that were used against Napster that resulted in their removal of copyrighted content and eventual bankruptcy. The idea of changing the file types would work, until the hackers got to it and found ways around the lock out. The dance between the laws, the technology and the hacker/pirate culture just keep perpetuating the tension. The laws get tougher and turn your average citizen into a pirate, the technology advances to make it easier for consumers to create, remix, share and then modifications are created to pull back on the access to the technology, the hacker culture has become increasingly skilled in finding ways in, around and through the laws and technology ‘locks’ and so the dance continues.

  2. I thought your first suggestions was an interesting one: “change the format of the files” (Water Consumption: Damaging the Environment?, 2013). I think this is a good suggestion because it does limit the access to music content. However, what happens when an individual creates a new program that is compatible with this new file format, or even converts it to an old format (mp3). I think in general this is a great suggestion for the reasons you mentioned, but I feel eventually someone will figure out a way to get around it.

    I agree that piracy is not a HUGE issue. In my own blog post, I mentioned that it seemed a bit ridiculous that people can possibly get punished with the law because of pirating. In my opinion, there are worse things in this world that we should worry about. Especially since we all know that records are not the money makers anymore, it is the live concerts and merchandise.

  3. mcgip

    Unfortunately, file types can change constantly, but they cannot compete with Internet hackers and Internet gurus. It is important to remember that the recording companies would have to transfer all of their files, that is, every single song they have ever recorded, to the new file format. In the time it would take for the recording companies to do so, the Internet hackers and gurus would create a method to support and a network to transfer pirated copies of the songs. There is just no possible way that companies can keep up with the Internet. A great example of this is Wikileaks. The Wikileaks organization proves that nothing on the Internet, not even government documents, cannot be hacked. I think it is more important for all companies and organizations, not just the recording companies, to come up with ways to meet the public where we are rather than trying to stop the public. As a result of the Internet, the public cannot be stopped. So, changing file types would start an endless battle that could not be won by the recording companies.

  4. It would be really nice to see some reciprocal commenting on your faithful follower’s blogs.

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