Who's Walking the Plank?: The Recording Industry's Fight to Stop Music Piracy

James Dye

Abstract


The advent of the Internet has forever changed the way people interact, communicate, and share information. The World Wide Web allows Internet users to send a letter in a matter of seconds, to instantly find out the latest sports scores and stock prices, or to learn of breaking world news. The Internet even allows people to have realtime conversations with other Internet users anywhere around the world. The Internet has also provided users a medium through which they can engage in any number of illicit acts. One of the more popular illicit acts, engaged in by millions of Internet users, involves trading music files across file sharing networks. Users accomplish this file sharing, or pirating, by copying the music from a compact disc onto their computers and uploading a file of the copied music onto a network created by software such as Kazaa or Napster. An infinite number of other users can then access this network, providing them an instant ability to copy the file of that song to their own computers.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/tlp.2006.20

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