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Kleanthis Sotiriou Music Piracy

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  • With regards to music piracy and from an ethical standpoint, I believe an artist has every right to be angry and seek legal action when their recordings are unwillingly sold for profit or bootlegged by a shady record label or download site. It's the intellectual property of the artist, who typically writes and composes their own songs. Not to mention, the artist has developed their own way of performing a song, which is documented within the recording.

    In 2011, a judge ruled in favor of singer Paul Collins, whose rock group The Beat lost substantial revenue from a series of unauthorized bootleg recordings released by an underground record label. The recordings were unknowingly engineered during The Beat's tours with The Police, Eddie Money and The Cure. Although the label argued that the recordings were tracked and mixed by an independent investor during the 1970s and 1980s, Collins was unaware of these dealings and was awarded an unspecified amount of damages. Collins was granted permission to digitally re-master and officially release the live recordings. In response to backlash and negative publicity from fans accusing him of being greedy, Collins attempted to make a public statement about piracy. In 2012, Collins made the recordings available to everyone as free MP3 download tracks to fans worldwide.

    Some fans might argue that Metallica was selfish to target Napster for illegally offering their music as MP3s. In all fairness, not everyone victimized by piracy are platinum-selling, wealthy artists in the caliber of Metallica. Paul Collins had just as much right to take legal action, but he turned the negative situation into a positive one by publicly releasing the pirated material as free downloads to his fans. Case in point, not all rock stars are selfish or 'only in it for the money.' Musicians have a right to be paid for their intellectual property. People who support music piracy only think about themselves. If a musician isn't being paid for their work, how are they supposed to continue recording, writing, performing and touring? Musicians aren't slaves and if they aren't making enough money to function, then they might choose a different career path that doesn't involve making music.
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Music piracy

  1. 1. Kleanthis Sotiriou<br />Piracy / Music Piracy <br />
  2. 2. Piracy!<br />
  3. 3. Piracy Definition<br />Origin: Medieval Latin pīrātia, from Late Greek peirāteia, from Greek peirātēs.<br />the unauthorized publication, reproduction, or use of a copyrighted or patented work.<br />the illegal recording, transmission, or reception of radio or TV broadcasts.<br />
  4. 4. Focus Group Diagram<br />
  5. 5. Breaking the law<br />There are a lot of people who would say that downloading a song after a song is perfectly legal and it's a method of enjoying music.<br /> They just do not realize by downloading these files, that they are violating copyright laws and they are committing an illegal act.<br />
  6. 6. Piracy helps or harms?<br />Piracy “helps” to increase product sales.<br />( Smaran,2008)<br />Piracy “harms” the industries because they lose money.<br />(Lessing,2004).<br />
  7. 7. Focus Group<br />The Focus group took a place in the University’s seminar room on the 15th of April at 18:30 pm 2011 before the Easter Break. <br />The participants were equal there were 5 females and 5 males, Including the Lecturer. <br />
  8. 8. Do not Download<br />At the focus group we presented a short video clip which carried the title “ Do not download this song” a song which is against Piracy and is persuading all the users to stop downloading because downloading is a Crime. <br /> 18.05.2011<br />
  9. 9. Is it Free?<br />Female 2 claims that the reason she is downloading is that she’s saves time and money which is a strong motive to everyone, I believe who downloads. <br />She also believes that there is no reason to buy a Cd if she can listen the song for free via the internet. The problem is, that very few of it is being paid for”. The question, is it really free?<br />
  10. 10. Is it Free?<br />“You get one thing free if you bought another, or you'd get a product free if you only paid for a service”(Anderson,2008).<br /> Chris Anderson/Free<br />
  11. 11. Moderator/Male 4<br />The moderator suggest that internet companies can prevent downloading by the setting of filters in these parameters. <br />Male 4 had the view that even if the companies will try to prevent piracy by setting filters however there are still hackers and people who are specialists.<br />
  12. 12. Music Piracy<br />Music piracy appear in the past by consumers who were copying a tape and passing it around to family, friends, and in general in their close circles. <br />However there were also people who would use copying for selling in very low prices with any possible way. This old fashioned form of piracy did not cost the music industry much money. <br />
  13. 13. Piracy/Music Piracy<br />
  14. 14. Napster<br />In the Focus group it was mentioned that Napster was the revolution in Music piracy because since then many other File sharing programs have popped up one after the other. <br />Female 3 state that there is no variety in music stores and she couldn’t find what she is looking for. Dr Hajimichael view was that by the time he visited a Greek music store Metropolis he had exactly the same problem.<br />
  15. 15. Spotify<br />“Spotify is the “21st century Jukebox”. It keeps a library of millions of songs, both pop and classical, which users can access and play through their computer. Other similar sites have launched, but Spotify is novel in that it is both free and legal.”<br /> (Fitzpatrick,2009).<br />
  16. 16. Piracy increase sales<br />Paulo Coelho In a Design conference in Munich he talked about how uploading the Russian translation of “The Alchemist” made his sales in Russia go from around 1,000 per year to 100,000,then a million and more.”<br />(Smaran,2008).<br />
  17. 17. Conclusion<br />In Conclusion before the Focus group my personal views about music piracy and piracy in general have changed dramatically. And the reason for this, is that Music especially is a very delicate area for me. The experience of making the particular Focus group helped me by improving my thinking and also seeing the other aspects of the specific topic.<br />As it was mentioned Paulo Coelho stated that “Piracy” helped him to increased the sales of his book 10 times more. <br /> Piracy helps to increase sales? Or it harms the industries?<br />
  18. 18. References<br />Sweney, Mark (2010). Global digital music sales slowing despite piracy crackdown. access 17.5.2011<br />Lindval, Helienne (2011) IFPI music report dispels the myths surrounding piracy : access 17.5.2011 <br />Weird Al Yankovic - Don't Download This Song, The video clip which was presented it the Focus group : 18.05.2011<br />Enigmax ,2010.Money Expert : Industry Should Compete With Music Piracy :<br />Rob Fitzpatrick.( 2009), Why Spotify may spell the end of Ownership : 18.5.2011<br />
  19. 19. References<br />Smaran, (2008). Alchemist Author Pirates His Own Books : access 17.5.2011<br />Chris Anderson,2008, Free! Why $0.00 Is the future of Business, :<br />Lessig, Lawrence,(2004) Free Culture How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity 17.05.2011<br />Bell, D (2004) Cyberculture: the key concepts. New York : Rutledge.<br />Ian Condry. (2004). 'Cultures of music piracy: An ethnographic comparison of the US and Japan' in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 7, No. 3 pp 343-363.<br />Hall, Gary (2009) Pirate Philosophy Culture Machine Special Edition : 18.05.2011<br />