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0771563 filesharingiskilling

  1. 1. The Inevitable Fall of The Music Industry
  2. 2. Introduction. <ul><li>Pirating music is a topic that has attracted a substantial amount of media attention over the last decade. Obtaining free music through file sharing, torrents, and mp3 websites has become increasingly effortless and record companies are not impressed. </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to oppress those who download have been ruthless and unnecessarily harsh, with fines reaching 250, 000 along with the possibility of receiving a criminal record and jail time. Scare tactics, however, do not seem to be doing the trick as album sales are steadily decreasing. </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>In the 1980’s the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) released a campaign lashing out against home recording on cassette tapes. The campaign inspired a number of consumers and even musicians to create parodies of the BPI’s slogan ‘Home Taping is Killing Music’ and made a complete mockery of the situation. </li></ul><ul><li>The struggle continued when the digital age gave birth to a new, quicker, more convenient and even less expensive method of obtaining music came: downloading. </li></ul><ul><li>Since the rise of the mp3, hundreds of arrests and fines have been issued upon consumers, mainly university students, for downloading songs onto their personal computers for personal use. As the market currently stands, downloaded music outnumbers the amount of music being sold in record stores in staggering numbers. The question consumers should be asking is not so much whether or not they have a moral responsibility to pay for music but rather do record companies have the right to preach an ancient business model to a generation that isn’t interested. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Market Control. <ul><li>Major record labels have a virtual monopoly over the United States music industry controlling nearly 82% of shares. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Parodies <ul><li>‘ Home taping is killing music (and its about time too!)’ - The Ex </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Home taping is killing business profits. We left this side blank so you can help’ - The Dead Kennedys </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Home taping is making music’ - Peter Prince </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Capitalism is killing music - pay no more than 4.99 for this record’ - Billy Bragg </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Home taping is killing the music industry, and its fun!’ - Downhill Battle </li></ul>
  6. 9. Radiohead <ul><li>In 2007 Radiohead released their 7 th studio album, ‘In Rainbows’ free of their contract with EMI. </li></ul><ul><li>The album was first released online and the consumer was given the option of paying what they thought the album was worth. </li></ul><ul><li>When all number were in, the album had more online sales then the online sales of their previous albums combined. </li></ul><ul><li>This serves as hope that musicians are stepping in the right direction . </li></ul>
  7. 10. Citations <ul><li>http://radiohead.com/deadairspace/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bridgeratings.com/Images/Download%20&%20Share%20Files.png </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:WMM-nielsen.svg </li></ul><ul><li>http://dev.null.org/blog/archive/2005/09/01 </li></ul>

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