Intellectual Property

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Intellectual Property 12/05/12 Music Piracy in the US Counterfeit, piracy, bootleg, or stealing, these are some of the many terms associated with the unauthorized dissemination and distribution of copyrighted music. For over five decades, the music industry in the United States has had to grapple with the effects of such activity. The Copyright Act of 1909 was the first granting exclusive rights to copyrighted music. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was created in 1886 and governs international copyrights. As technology evolved, the music industry was altered in profound ways. Globalization has created a smaller world where information and goods are shared at a pace faster than ever…show more content…
This often times includes demos and discarded material. As society has progressed into the computerized and digital zone, so have the ills of the world. Cyber bullying and theft are new forms of the ancient art of school yard bullying and stealing. The only differences are the means that are used. The concept is generally the same. As music players advanced from the old Gramophone, to the record player, to the cassette tape, to the compact disc, and now any digital format such as MP3, so did the means of copying. No longer is there a need to sneak around with hulky recorders into performances. With the explosion of the internet, accessing music has never been easier. Proof is the demise of the brick-and-mortar record store. They have become as pre-historic as dinosaurs. Even compact discs are gradually becoming antiquated. They occupy space and require purchasing an entire album, which contains few songs that are pleasing to the ear. Today, one can easily log onto the internet and easily download a song, or two, or thousands. The digital format of music such as MP3’s allows for easy and light weight access to hundreds if not thousands of songs on one small single device. Not to mention how easily one may transfer these files from one electronic device to another. In 1999 the online sharing program Napster debuted. The system is also known as “peer to peer” (p2p). It allowed users to freely share and swap (copyrighted)
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