Essay Digital Music Piracy

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Digital music piracy has been a worry of the music industry since the creation of Napster in 1998. Piracy is the act of stealing something that does not belong to you which has been outlined in our society as something that is bad or against the law. There are many articles out there that highlight music piracy but four main important ones include: “The Music Industry on (the) Line? Surviving Music Piracy in a Digital Era” by Jelle Janssens, “Neutralizing Music Piracy: An Empirical Examination” by Jason R. Ingram, “The Impact of Digital Piracy on Music Sales: A Cross-Country Analysis” by Mark T. Bender, “Charismatic Code, Social Norms, and the Emergence of Cooperation on the File-Swapping Networks” by Lior Jacob Strahilevitz and many other…show more content…
Though the MP3 file, short for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3, was originally developed in 1987, Napster represented the first mainstream and user-friendly program to transfer and download these files (Bender 157). Napster, a peer-to-peer (P2P) program, allowed online users to connect with one another and swap copyrighted music, videos, and other files contained on their computers, thus providing a way to get free music online (Bender 157). Peer-to-peer network is defined as two or more computers connected by software, which enables the connected computers to transmit files or data to other connected computers.(Ingram 134) Since music artists and record companies were uncompensated when consumers downloaded these music files, the act of downloading "free music" became known as digital music piracy. (Bender 157) In its two years of existence, Napster has changed the music business and its relationship with consumers (Janssens 91). The IFPI estimates that, in the year 2000, one in every three CDs purchased throughout the world was pirated. (Bender 158) Napster did not have a long run, it was up for a total of two full years until law enforcement stepped in a decided it was time to make rules and shut the program down. As Janssens states, “First it tried to dissuade people to get involved in P2P file sharing by
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