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Cultural, Legal, Technical, and Economic Perspectives on Copyright Online: The Case of the Music Industry

Matthew David

in The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589074
Published online March 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199589074.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Cultural, Legal, Technical, and Economic Perspectives on Copyright Online: The Case of the Music Industry

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This chapter summarises the cultural, legal, technical, and economic approaches to enforcing copyright. It suggests that rights holders need to rethink their business models in the digital age, such as by concentrating on live performances, rather than simply trying to shore up old business models by criminalising copyright infringement. The link between pervasiveness and persuasiveness is complex and sometimes contradictory. It is noted that online sharing is not identity theft. The Pirate Bay chose to embrace the term pirate despite disputing almost everything else being claimed by the recording and film industry lobbies about online sharing. The asymmetrical architecture of the Internet makes circulation easier than regulation. The Internet makes every computer an infinite copying machine and one hard to disconnect from every other. The music industry has been hit first and hardest by online sharing, and reveals the clearest signs of successful adaptation.

Keywords: copyright; online sharing; live performances; Pirate Bay; recording; film industry; Internet; music industry

Article.  10291 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business and Government ; Business Ethics

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