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Music Piracy Debate on New Music Strategies

October 5, 2011

There is currently a very interesting debate going on amongst industry insiders over the nature of filesharing, a debate which calls into question the mainstream views expounded on the subject. Andrew Dubber, a Music Industry Lecturer at Birmingham University, is also owner of New Music Strategies, a website set up to encourage progressive music discussion. Click on the skull and crossbones image above to access a post on his site that has incited perhaps the most interesting debate you will read on the subject of piracy.

Enjoy!

Neil

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21 comments

  1. I found this on “Music Think Tank” and found it interesting.

    Sean Parker of Napster fame recently stated in an interview, “you look at the data, somewhere between 4 trillion and 10 trillion songs are illegally downloaded every year. And we’re looking at maybe 4 billion or so legal downloadeds per year.

    Although the numbers are not balanced it shows that there is still a high percentage of people that download music legally. Im not saying that its right but it just showed me how music music is out there and who’s to say that the 4 to 10 trillion people who download music illegally won’t purchase music in the future?


  2. Music piracy has it’s good and bad things.
    For one, pirating music may give something to do instead of other crimes (but that’s kinda a stupid point).
    Two, pirating music introduces people to new types of music, which they may enjoy a lot, and end up buying many albums of the same type.
    Also, it gives a good idea of what to expect. Most people (with limited cash at least) won’t go into a music store and buy a random record. Usually it will be something they’ve been recommended or heard on the radio. “Piracy” gives people a chance to hear music that isn’t “popular” enough for the radio, hence promoting smaller, newer bands and artists.

    The Cons:
    It takes money away from people who have tried hard to get in the industry and create a record.
    It helps spread computer viruses. 😛
    And more that I can’t think of.


  3. I found this on “Music Think Tank” and found it interesting.

    Sean Parker of Napster fame recently stated in an interview, “you look at the data, somewhere between 4 trillion and 10 trillion songs are illegally downloaded every year. And we’re looking at maybe 4 billion or so legal downloadeds per year.

    Although the numbers are not balanced it shows that there is still a high percentage of people that download music legally. Im not saying that its right but it just showed me how music music is out there and who’s to say that the 4 to 10 trillion people who download music illegally won’t purchase music in the future?

    http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/how-artists-can-profit-from-file-sharing.html


  4. http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/02241/effects.htm

    pros of music piracy


  5. A documentary on piracy and the future of music.

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/on-piracy/


  6. An article to do with internet provider ‘Virgin Media’ motoring and tracking usage of their service being used for illegal downloads and illegal streams.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/27/virgin-media-monitor-music-piracy


  7. http://blog.discmakers.com/2011/08/music-piracy/

    An article by Alex Jacob from the IFPI (International Federation of thePhonographic Industry)


  8. watch the video from 4:24, he has a good point about how music won’t be as interesting, if there isn’t as much money join into the music industry.


  9. The idea that music should just be free altogether is shared by a lot of big artists who don’t seem too worried about the loss of money.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/2817231/Radiohead-generation-believes-music-is-free.html


  10. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/news/e3iefdf9c6b642b692d40b52e921bd1f176

    This study showed that music piracy in Canada increased CD sales.


  11. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oew-healey18feb18,0,5092348.story

    Here are some good analogies for both sides of the argument…. enjoy


  12. http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/4206.html

    A good report on debating whether its actually robbing the industry of billions of pounds, or if its better and people who illegally download are not actually pirates but customers still.



  13. FAIRTRADE MUSIC 😀 http://newmusicstrategies.com/2011/09/22/fair-trade-music/


  14. Below is the link to an article about illegal downloading. I found it interesting as it compares the future of the music industry to ice-cream!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/aug/04/illegal.downloading.is.here.to.stay


  15. Pros:

    1: Download anything at anytime even if the movies and songs are not always the best quality. Software, ebooks and games are all readily available!

    2: Save your-self a fortune on expensive programs such as Adobe Photoshop by downloading it free.

    Cons:

    1: Your breaking the law and risk receiving a criminal record and being banned from the Internet, fined and/or imprisoned! although the chances are at least a million to one for now.

    2: Downloading files illegally have a risk of viruses and Spyware! I’m sure many of you have and will be a victim of this!

    3: The quality of these illegally downloaded songs and movies is often terrible. Most are made by amateurs who sit in the back of a cinema with a camcorder which is a sure way of getting bad quality audio and video. In fact, you’ll often see shadows of people walking in front of the camera as well as heads bobbing up and down, not to mention people laughing and coughing in the cinama!

    4: Musicians and actors will lose out to people stealing their work.

    source- http://compu-smart.hubpages.com/hub/legal-download-services


  16. This is an article campaigning about how illegal downloading should be stopped because it is allowing fans to ‘Steal music online’…
    With a few other links related to downloading illegally also on the page.
    http://news.sky.com/home/technology/article/15385446


  17. well music piracy is a bad thing but also a good thing

    bad thing: yes it doesnt help the artists make money for the records they are making but they make that money from gigs and shows they do.so the good thing about it is that it helps promote the single. no one no will go to shops to buy records etc but they find records online so that makes the record popular..so popular they have many fans and those fans will pay for tickets to see them play.


  18. This is shakira’s view on music privacy



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