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Music distribution in cyberspace.

Brennan, Eimear, Chauvin, Sandrine and Thomas, Virginie (2001) Music distribution in cyberspace. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Caught between free music download sites and record labels' vigorous legal assault against piracy, the music industry is on the verge of change as digital distribution, particularly file streaming technology, is seriously disrupting the music business.
Will online music distribution be a disaster or an opportunity for the music commercial industry? New technology and new business models for delivering content are almost always greeted with suspicion and the belief that they will destroy the existing market. In 17th century, the emergence of lending libraries was seen as the death of bookshops; in the 20th century, photocopying was seen as the end of the publishing business, and the videotape as the end of cinema. Yet in each case, the new development produced a new market far larger than the impact it had on the existing market. Libraries gave inexpensive access to books that were too expensive to purchase, thereby helping to make literacy widespread and vastly increasing the sale of books. Similarly, the ability to photocopy makes the printed material in a library more valuable to consumers and also videotapes have significantly increased viewing of films. The original market in each case above was also transformed, in some cases bringing a new cast of players and a new power structure. At times, innovation has contributed to a resurgence in the market rather than a reduction.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet

H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Music Industry
Divisions: School of Computing > Graduate Diploma in Electronic Commerce
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 16:06
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2014 13:06
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/186

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