Strategic Responses to the Illegal Downloading of Music:A Qualitative Study

COOKE, George Matthew (2006) Strategic Responses to the Illegal Downloading of Music:A Qualitative Study. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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This thesis focuses upon the illegal downloading of music; this topic represents a

recent, fast-changing and under-explored area. Illegal downloading is amongst the

most damaging phenomena experienced by the music industry today. It is described

by Densmore (2002, p1), for example, as a critical threat to a traditionally stable

business sector, and by Redmond (cited in Morris, 2005, p1) as a trend which could

lead to the industry as a whole, going out of business. Most sources including the

industry itself estimate losses as a consequence of illegal downloading at billions of

dollars (e.g. BPI; RIAA). It is a technically illegal activity, which otherwise lawabiding

people appear to have few qualms in partaking and despite the best efforts of

individual firms, industries and even legal mandates to prevent it, it continues to

grow. From this evidence it is apparent that there is an element of dissonance in

attitudes between the music industry and those who illegally download.

The aim of this thesis is to investigate and explore this dissonance, with a view to

informing and identifying a more effective range of strategic responses to the illegal

downloading problem.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: Illegal download, music download, illegal music, responses
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 18:06

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