Music Makes The People Come Together … Yeah?

Module 6- Major Blog Post/Podcast

Good day readers! Today I bring you a different form of blogging, a podcast, which i’ve never done before so you’ll have to bear with me here.

The guiding questions posted for this podcast are as follows:

“1. Describe the criteria and/or rationalizations that you utilize when you purchase music as opposed to sharing it. How do your practices conflict with and/or support copyright issues and IP regimes?

2. Copyright legislation in the recorded music industry and the practices of consumers appear to be going in opposite directions in an untenable way. Given your own experience (noted above) what suggestions would you make for the recording industry with regard to how they might deal with what they perceive to be piracy.”

So in regards to these two questions on digital piracy, I chose a quote from page 344 of Ian Condry’s article entitled “Cultures of music piracy; an enthographic comparison of the US and Japan”, which states that

“Music is one of the key battlegrounds for power in the media, in part because what happens with music businesses is likely to influence other publishing and entertainment industries. The stakes are high not only because the record companies are suffering, but because the impasse between the file-sharers and the recording industry is only one aspect of larger transformations underway, shifts which highlight the conflicting demands of civil society, where information and ideas should be freely exchanged, and an information economy, where cultural goods play an increasingly important role in the marketplace. To an extent, the RIAA is right. The problem is cultural and the consequences are economic. Yet it is surprising how little analysis has been devoted to the links between the presumed culture of piracy and the activities that create conditions of growth in the entertainment world in the first place. Can the industry association teach (or enforce) ‘respect for property’ while building a healthy music market in the digital age? It is naive to think that such changes can take place without a careful look at what fans are doing and why.”

Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell (2013). Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line PiratesDeviant Behavior. 34 (1), pg. 53-67
Condry, Ian. (2004). Cultures of Music Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and JapanInternational Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363
Oh, and here’s that link to Rdio!
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3 Responses to Music Makes The People Come Together … Yeah?

  1. Hi Amanda,
    That link doesn’t take me to your podcast but to which is a streaming music site, yes? Can you upload to SoundCloud and embed your podcast into this post, please?

  2. emmythomas says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I thought that you made a lot of good points in your podcast. I especially agree that one of the major problems with piracy is the high cost of music and movies. Like you said, it’s very difficult to justify paying $20 for a movie you might not like and might never watch again when you have limited economic resources (perhaps even harder to justify than it is to justify going online and downloading it for free).

    I’m going to play devil’s advocate, though, and disagree that there are too many people in the piracy industry to stop illegal downloading. In fact, I think that your subscription to is an example of how piracy might be stopped. If the music and movie industries were willing to reduce their prices to a subscription fee that was mutually satisfying for both the industry and the consumer, then there wouldn’t be a need for piracy (as you alluded to, with the fact that you have no need to download music because you use Rdio). The key, essentially, may be in finding that economic balance that’s equally satisfying for all parties. 🙂

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