The digitization of music has made it easy for all people to get their music online illegally which could potentially be destructive to the downloader. However, at the same time, tracking the illegal download is getting more difficult to attain. Without question, the likelihood that music will continue to be downloaded illegally will be strong if the threat of getting caught is slim. But the real issue isn’t whether music is being downloaded legally or illegally. It isn’t even if the person doing the illegal activity gets caught or not. The real problem is the harmful effects that illegal downloading of music has on the artist.
For my Business of Media final project, I am going to explore how the practice of downloading music illegal from websites negatively impacts the artist of the particular song being downloaded. I plan on giving a brief background of how music can be downloaded illegally but for the majority of the paper, I would like to focus on the artists themselves. That is, I will be researching subjects such as the amount of money an artist can lose, how the downloading affects the popularity of the artists, steps that the artist can take to prevent the illegal downloads and historical cases that have grabbed the nation’s attention.
I believe that this will be a challenging project but also a very doable and enjoyable one. I am very interested in how artists are responding to their music being downloaded off of sites such as YouTube, LimeWire and other websites that either stream or illegally download songs. There should be plenty of information on the subject, and I am hoping to use two or three artists in particular to help gain a better understanding of the subject and find out the steps that they take to prevent the illegal activity and the harmful effects that it has on them.