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Fighting Copyright Infringement, Itunes And Importance Of A Novel Approach

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This Project has been submitted by

Mr. Adithya Ramchandran Iyer
ID No: 211020

On Copyright Law

Topic – ‘Fighting Copyright infringement, iTunes and importance of a novel approach’

During the Winter Semester 2014/15

Introduction
This paper attempts to show how far digitalization of music, primarily ushered in by Apple inc’s iTunes Store has had tangible results and helped tackle copyright infringement and has been able to deal with music piracy in the United States of America. It explores the viability of a similar approach in the Indian context while arguing that the extant legal framework is both theoretically and practically insufficient to tackle the problem. A concerted attempt by the market as well as the legislature to understand and balance the interests of the copyright owners, intermediaries and consumers is essential in deciding policy as well as pricing. Only such a balanced approach will help win the war against infringement.
Background
After an incredibly successful 1990s, the onset of the 21st century brought with it the dotcom revolution and it signaled a watershed for the way music was consumed and distributed. The erstwhile unshakable music record companies were exposed to a new threat, online file sharing. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), album sales grew from $24.1 billion in 1990 to $39.4 billion in 1996 and remained at a high level until 1999 after which it saw a downturn.
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