Essay Music Piracy And Its Effect On The Music Industry

1456 Words Apr 14th, 2016 6 Pages
The fast-paced technological advancements, particularly in the past decade and the lack of control of internet activities have created a challenging time for the music industry due to the increase in music piracy. Music Piracy can be defined as the “unauthorized duplication on a commercial scale of copyrighted work with the intention to defraud the rights holder” (Siegfried).
Music piracy first became a problem for the music industry in the late 1960s with the invention of the compact tape cassette which enabled listeners to copy music. Over the years, people made the switch from tape cassettes and began using the CD as a new platform for copying music (Vandaele, Janssenes and Beken). In 1998, MP3 player and MP3 files were invented. Although the music industry believed that these compressed files would be beneficial to them, it turns out that they were destructive as they led to the creation of peer-to-peer file sharing: “the process of sharing and transferring digital files from one computer to another” (What You Need to Know About File Sharing). Many peer-to-peer music file sharing sites were and still are used for illegal activities. One example is Napster. Napster was a music file sharing site, that had 70 million users, many who were illegally uploading and sharing music files for free that they did not own the rights to (Nivea). Although Napster later faded away, it was the beginning to a major transformation in the music industry.
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