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released onto the market (Bellis, 2010, online). Mp3 formatted music is usually moreaccessible and easier to download from the internet, and once this became available,it became easily to illegally copy music and distribute it online through peer-to peer networks, also known as P2P (Kayne, 2010, online). Once installed, this P2Psoftware allows for internet users to connect to website servers. It then locates a filethat the user requests from the server, and identifies different sources that have partsof or make up the requested file (Kayne, 2010, online).
Who or what causes piracy?
A study conducted in the United States in 2004 centered on illegal musicdownloading found that “…most (music) downloading was done over peer-to-peer networks by teens and college kids…” (Fast Company staff , 2004, online). The problem is that students cannot afford to fund their music purchases, so they illegallydownload from online streaming and websites set up by other students. Harmon believes that students “…often justify their behavior by arguing that CD’s are tooexpensive and that artists do not get the money anyway…” (2003, online).
Music piracy can be viewed as a form of culture-jamming, a method used by anactivist in attempt to challenge mainstream organizations or corporate advertising(Boden, Simon, 2002. p. 2). In this case, people are justifying their actions of illegally downloading, stating that the artists will not receive the sale money, andthey don’t want to support the music industry.