School of Management (PG)
Assessment Cover Sheet - e-Business (MSc) UK & Overseas
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26 Feb 07
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The theme of this assignment is the impact and persistence of rising internet piracy and illegal file-sharing which had resulted in a 30% drop in value in the music market between 2000 and 2004.
The April 2005 (Vol 7, Iss 4) issue of e-commerce law & policy (www.e-comlaw.com) highlighted attempts by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) to stamp copyright infringements by major 'uploaders' who illegally put copyrighted songs (and even films) on the internet file-sharing networks. Over 963 individuals from 11 countries covering Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Finland, Ireland, Iceland and Japan were prosecuted.
Other trade associations such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) also started to tighten the noose by actively filing lawsuits against individuals and students.
However, other public sources in 2006 are still pointing to wide-spread illegal file-sharing, indicating its growing embeddedness in the social fabric of everyday entertainment.
Research the internet, newspapers, and popular entertainment and professional publications to compile the latest statistics of internet piracy and illegal file-sharing in Europe and if available other countries such as the USA and the Far East.
Using the statistics and with reference to human behaviour theory, comment on its continued prevalence despite the best efforts of the music and entertainment industry.
Identify their latest efforts to overcome this problem and evaluate its impact on...