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 Practice. M/C Journal. 9(1).