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The future of digital music in the Peer-to-Peer Web

Richter, Wolf (2008) The future of digital music in the Peer-to-Peer Web. pp. 71-74. In: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Understanding Web Evolution (WebEvolve2008), 22 Apr 2008, Beijing, China. ISBN 978 085432885 7.

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Abstract

After the music industry's restrictive future vision for the digital millennium failed to gain customer acceptance, the solution space is now wide open again. Building on recent fieldwork with students on their use of illegal file-sharing networks and their attitude on file-sharing I will argue that there is value in file sharing and present two scenarios, which capture the value instead of trying to prevent the free flow of data. I will outline the choice we face between a fragmented landscape of privatized music spaces walled within social networks and a shared public infrastructure based on the blanket licensing approach. I will conclude that the power of the market will most likely bring about the first scenario, but that we as an economy and a society may be better off by choosing the second option.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:Short paper from the Web Science Workshop at WWW2008
Uncontrolled Keywords:Predictions about the future of the Web, the Web ecosystem, Web economics, Digital music distribution, Compulsory blanket license, Social networks, Privatization of public spaces
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Evolve 2008
WS1 Computer Science > WS12 Decentralized Information Systems
ID Code:44
Deposited By: David De Roure
Deposited On:13 Apr 2008 20:05
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:28

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