[T]his superb book explores the many aspects of the debates surrounding the emergence of the peer-to-peer file-sharing phenomenon and subsequent attempts at control of both the technologies and consumer... The result is a wide-reaching, highly incisive work that should be on the reading lists of any music, media and culture courses... [A] brilliant examination of the criminalisation of culture understood through the context of the contradiction between profitability and the potential suspension of scarcity.
This book is far-reaching in its implications for our understanding of modern society and culture and should be read by anyone with an interest in the future of music. David's discussion of the music industry's response to digitisation and the culture of downloading and file-sharing dispels the myths about pirates stealing our musical heritage. It puts the spotlight firmly on an industry that has exploited artists and audiences alike for years but which now finds itself imperilled by a mixture of technological change and the creative practices of (mainly) young people.
Too often the music industry is seen as merely being about entertainment. In this closely and clearly argued book Matthew David explains in detail why anyone interested in the future of our global information society must understand the questions raised by this industry's relationship with its customer base.
Matthew David has done a rare and valuable thing with this work. He has comprehensively exposed the inherent radicalism of peer-to-peer communication and exposed the absurdities of the various efforts to quash the practice and technologies. This book is certain to outlast the recording industry.
Takes the reader on an interesting journey along the knife edge of contemporary criminology and deep into the machinations of the intellectual property land grab that is currently taking place in the information age... There is far more information and analysis packed into the 186 or so pages of the book than this simple review can give credit to, but its main strength is that it nicely brings together the themes that currently form various debates about intellectual property and file sharing.
Peer-to-peer file-sharing is a monumental example of unintended social action. Because of the opacity of how has turned and is turning our relationship with music and the music industry up-side down, Matthew David’s important analytical dissection of it must be valued... this book offers a fascinating depiction and analysis of the tensions, paradoxes and dilemmas that peer to peer file-sharing has generated.
A detailed and comprehensive account of the current state of the sector... will do much to help reorientate the file-sharing debate towards achieving sustainability for the industry, as well as de-emphasizing the regulatory approaches adopted so far. This book will be of interest to all those studying or researching in the fields of cyber-crime, network studies or cultural sociology, as well as those engaged with cultural policy and the preservation of intellectual property within the creative industries.
This is a really good book and is adopted for LLM International Economic Law, International Commercial Law and LLM International Intellectual Property Law as recommended book. I have requested my library to get hold of copies of this book.
This is a really good book is adopted for LLM International Economic Law, International Commercial Law and LLM International Intellectual Property Law as recommended book. I have requested my library to get hold of copies of this book.
Gives a good incite on the damage P2P can cause to the music industry. Covers a range of importantant areas including legislation.
Good opinions and very useful
An extremely enlightening and thorough analysis of the contemporary music industry within the digital age. Matthew David explores the rise of file sharing and its cultural, social and economic impact within the industry, and offers alternative mechanisms to these issues. Essential reading for music students wishing to work within the turbulent music business.
An interestring insight into some of the current arguments and debates concerning file sharing and the music industry. David has a real sense of how to focus and clearly explain some of the problematic areas of file sharing and its cultural, sociological. economic and philosophical impact. A must read for academics, students and industry practitioners.
A very interesting and timely book, but too specialised to be essential reading for my course
The book is very well written, topics are essential and the book is best one adressing these questions.
This is an excellent study of file-sharing. The book incorporates a detailed analysis of a wide range of issues that will give students a thorough understanding of the complexities, power and politics involved in the regulation of popular music.
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