Business of Music
In its campaign to stem double-digit percentage drops in music sales, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has targeted Internet music consumers, 10% of whom account for 90% of piracy. After settling lawsuits with four college students last spring, over the summer, RIAA filed subpoenas seeking the identities of more than 1,600 people. Critics cite a violation of privacy in RIAA efforts. Congress has proposed a bill that would mitigate the ability of the industry to sue. Even parents of hundreds of file sharers who have already been summoned have a hard time viewing the issue as a serious one, given the widespread practice of file-sharing. This case study examines the multiple perspectives and positions of parties to the pending processes, and raises questions about privacy, ethics, and intellectual property that are unprecedented but paramount in the early years of the 21st century.
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