By Cathy Lofthouse, Daniel Orellana & Samantha Gauci
Current Australian and Europe piracy laws (Samantha).
The Rudd Government on music piracy
Cons of file sharing in the music industry (Cathy).
Pros of file sharing in the music industry (Daniel).
According to Music Industry Piracy Investigations (2010), penalties apply.
Ranges from injunctions, damages and costs. $60,500 for individuals and $302,500 for corporations.
On the spot fines of $1320 can also occur.
Laws depend on both the country the site is located and the country from which the music downloaded.
The Rudd Government is considering a three-strike policy against downloading music illegally.
The Government will examine new legislative proposals from Britain.
However it will be hard to monitor everyone.
Britain and France became the first European countries to pass “graduated response”
Britain’s Parliament passed a bill.
Internet service providers are to send repeated warnings to customers illgegally downloading.
Internet access suspended, for repeated offenders.
A similar law was passed in France.
However after ‘three strikes’, legal action is taken.
Internet access is cut off for upto 12 months and fined up to $407,500.
File- downloading had damaged legitimate sales
Record sales have been dropping over the last couple of years. Many recording labels have either totally stopped releasing music or just stopped signing new artists. If record companies are not making enough money they see no reason to support new artists. They are only willing to sign up pop stars who will make them big cash and have commercial success. If record artists stop signing more and more artists, the result is going to be fewer new acts meaning less diversity of the music being put out there
Recording artists cannot compete against free
Free music is a lot more attractive to the public then paying for a CD. Creativity is going to suffer because no one would be willing to take the risk of pursuing a music career. If they don’t get paid for their efforts why should they take the risks
Lots of music is being incorrectly labelled on the file sharing websites
This is heart breaking for artists. The music they have put their heart and sole into and that they have created is being destroyed online.
File sharing is making it impossible for new artists to get a record deal and struggling artists are losing out
File sharing could in principle be a good way of promoting unknown artists, but nearly all the music that is shared and downloaded is highly commercial.
Due to lack of sales, prices of good will need to be raised
This will means that the people doing the right thing by buying CDs and going to have to pay more to make up for all the people downloading music. This means that maybe these people will start looking for cheaper ways of finding music and start download as well
The music industry is not falling behind
They have come up with legitimate online music stores including I tunes and napster 2.0. This is where people can download good quality music at a cheap price)
http://www.musicunited.org/14_Videos.html This clip shows us that file sharing is illegal. Recording artists put a lot of work into a cd. These clips are important to get the message out to the people. If the industry did not enforce copyright, the perception would be that stealing is ok)
LARS ULRICH – METALLICA “ We have many issues with Napster. First and foremost: Napster hijacked our music without asking” Metallic were one of the first bands to sue people for copyright infringement and attracted scorn from internet users for helping shut up the popular downloading tool Napster. Lars went to Napster’s headquarters in 2000 with a list of 335,000 people who had illegally downloaded their songs, and demanded the company black the users
“ "I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music” (Lily Allen is against file sharing. She believes that it is destroying new artists because they can’t survive without the CD sales. Now she isn’t totally against music on the internet. She believes in samplers where fans can listen to a song and see if they like it. If they do like something they hear she wants them to go out and purchase the CD)
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MusicUnited.org, viewed 1 May, 2010, http://www.musicunited.org/3_artists.html
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