The Internet has given us access to a wide range of social networks, allowing us to share experiences, swap songs or films. This means that file-sharing and peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading has become an increasing problem for artists and authors. Will the world of recorded music and literature be destroyed by piracy and illegal downloads or can new sources of revenue and funding be found to punish illegal downloaders? In October 2009, Spotify, the online music-streaming jukebox based in Sweden, added offline music content to its desktop version, meaning that one can listen to music “live” via the Internet as well as download and store around 3,000 tracks on a PC. The next generation, already available in South Korea, allows the sending or receiving of 200 MP3 music files in five minutes, or an entire Star Wars DVD in three minutes, or the complete digitized works of Charles Dickens in less than 10 minutes. The question is — is it a criminal offence?
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Criminal Law & Justice Weekly|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|