Piracy Effects On The Music Industry

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Internet downloading and peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing services has been growing rapidly since the technology has evolved over the time. The internet getting popular and so do piracy has become even more widespread. Choi and Perez (2007) stated that online piracy refers to the unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented (electronic) material such as music or software files. Piracy version of music files which mostly in MP3 format have become widespread on the Internet (Peitz & Waelbroeck, 2005). Today’s the music industry has experienced a world of change which are turning the industry upside down and the music consumption pattern and music sales has been reconsider. As we know that download music from the internet are very convenient…show more content…
The rise of 'illegal' downloading of music via the internet has changed the landscape of the music industry. Music law can be referred to legal aspect of music industry which includes record labels, music publisher, live events and music recording. From Williamson and Cloonan’s (2007) article, they study that government should take legal action against the organization produce piracy music or music uploader and also the important of copyright policy to music industries. In Malaysia, the Malaysian Copyright Act of 1987 defines copyright in relation to a musical work as being the exclusive right to reproduce a work in any material form; communicate a work to the public; perform, show or play a work to the public; distribute copies of a work to the public by sale or transfer of ownership; and commercial rent a work to the public (“Music Author’ Copyright Protection (MACP) Berhad”, 2009). It is important for the music industry to take note that the copyright policy of legality when downloading unlicensed copies of music from the internet. There are so many website that did not follow the copyright policy, they are allowed to shift the CD to an MP3, but if the digital management technology or the policy prevent you from to do so, then you’re out of luck. Before you want to do the company or the website owner should know and understand the copyright laws of taking someone’s
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