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Old 07-22-2008, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Great File Sharing Debate: Is it changing music?

Hi,

Iím currently doing my research project on file sharing and digital music, and I am looking for people to take part in anonymous discussions. What I want to do is shed light on the subject from a music fanís and musicianís point of view, as so far, all we have heard on digital music has been from lawyers and music industry executives. This is an opportunity for you to make a difference at an academic level.

This research is not tied to the music industry, any legal departments or journalists.

This research will be an online discussion using a specific instant messaging anonymous forum, with the date and time set between myself and individuals, and should take no more than 50 minutes.

Only those over 18 should reply to this post if interested.

Many thanks

Richard Davis, Social Research Student, University of Essex.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If I were you I would look at the movie, Steal this Film! and the second one too. You can download them via torrent off a site like isohunt legally.

If I was 18 I would love to, but unfortunately I am not.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You gotta be a little more specific as to what your question is. Obviously file sharing is changing music the music industry, but whether its negative or positive is the question.

Some artists benefit from the use of easily having their music shared globally, lots of 'ring tone' rap artists are huge because of things like file sharing.

Obviously though, its causingdamage to the record labels. While some artists are in love with this trend towards everyone being indie (i remember reading an interview with iggy pop where he was all for the music labels destruction).

I think the RIAA is going about it wrong , they're not going to be able to slow it down, so instead of trying to scare people away from it, they should look at new ways to get the youth to purchase the music. People downloading songs illegaly off the web is of course some of the reason sales are going down, but it can't be the only reason. I think younger audiences today just aren't as interested in a complete album.

If people were downloading everything, DVD and Video game sales would be going down, but they're higher then ever.

I thought how RadioHead did it was clever, i also think NIN newest album was being given away for free.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I appreciate both your comments! And whether it is positive or negative is your personal opinion which I would like to find out, as this is a subject that is only going to get bigger, and there needs to be a forum for this type of debate on a large scale.
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If I were you I would look at the movie, Steal this Film! and the second one too. You can download them via torrent off a site like isohunt legally.

If I was 18 I would love to, but unfortunately I am not.
F*ck yeah the koptimists rule. Media distribution will have to change eventually. Yes the new NIN album was released for free heh "The Slip". Thom Yorke quote from when they released In Rainbows "I like the people at our record company, but the time is at hand when you have to ask why anyone needs one. And, yes, it probably would give us some perverse pleasure to say 'F*ck you' to this decaying business model."
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