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Comment Response

Thanks everyone for the comments on my latest blog! After going through and reading your thoughts, I realized that all of you agree with me in that paying for music online is a little ridiculous, I mean, $1.25 for a two minute and thirty second song on iTunes, common! Some of you said you would rather spend your money on food and drinks! That’s what I’m talking about! Music is all around us and is produced for pleasure, I believe it is silly to have to pay for something that I consider leisure or have consequences when downloading free music. 

Now a day, we have an endless amount of options given to us to pirate music, that it is almost effortless! Paying for a song on iTunes is what I think would be someone’s last option. Most of you bloggers who shared their thoughts on my blog post agree that ultimately it is up to the consumer to decide whether to buy music or pirate music.  I was not surprised that most of you knew that it is illegal to pirate music, everyone knows this, but it is something that definitely goes right over heads!  

After reading one of your comments, I learned how many tasks can be done online for free, such as reading a book, a newspaper, watching TV shows and movies, etc. but somehow music is considered an issue by law.  Hmm.. Interesting.  I, too, am excited to see what the future holds in the music and media industry, whether copyright laws will be completely disregarded and shut down, or whether they will be more strict and intense.  I personally hope that in the near future, there will be no consequences when downloading free music. 


That’s all for now, keep on rockin’ in the free world!  


The Music Industry

Let’s get straight to the point, we all listen to music. I listen to music every single day of my life and I enjoy all genres of music including country, rap, rock, pop, ska, etc.  I have over a thousand songs on my iTunes playlist, and although many of those songs have come from CD’s which I have purchased in the past, the majority of the songs came from the internet which I have downloaded.  There are a vast amount of websites that offer the ability to download songs with no problem! The thing that slips people’s minds is that this act is illegal! Who really is OK with buying a song off of iTunes? A dollar or more per song, that’s crazy talk!  I can guarantee all of you lovely bloggers are guilty of downloading pirated music. Personally, I think it is silly to pay for music, and I am not talking about buying CD’s and records. 

Today there are multiple ways to access online media through transmission of codes and practices.  In the article, Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural Practice by Dale A. Bradley,  he states that one of the most obvious examples of this phenomenon of “convergent transmission” is the now famous case of Napster.  Napster is a system based on youth culture as a way to appreciate music through digital media and online communication.  Clearly this form of transmission is a more positive and safer way to access music, videos, etc. and is becoming more popular by the second! Bradley also mentions that the community constituted by the early Napster (as well as other music sharing sites and networks) and the IRC-based discussions that informed their development were more than simply the sum of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and online communication.  Therefore, the system is no more than communication between other people with the same interest as you!


The TED talks video, Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity, Lessig chats about online media, copyrights, etc. in dry humor, demonstrating the stupidity of certain laws.  He declares that there is a growing extremism that comes from both sides in the debate in response to the conflict between the law and the use of the technologies. He states that one side automatically takes down from sites such as YouTube and any content that has any copyrighted content in it, while the other side, there is a growing copyright abolitionism, a generation that rejects the notion of what copyright is supposed to do and believes that the law is nothing more than an ass to be ignored and fought at every opportunity.  This video is funny, yet very true and I feel the exact same way.  I think it is ridiculous to have such laws on something that is available to everyone.  It almost acts as a tease. 


I hope that in the near future, these laws will be broken down, and non-existent.  What do you bloggers believe is right? Do you think copyrights and laws are fair to have on access to such public media? Are more conflicts created through these laws?



Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity. TED Talks (2007). Filmed March 2007, posted November 2007.

Bradley, D. (2006) Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural PracticeM/C Journal. 9(1).