- Media Criticism
- Tom McCourt and Patrick Burkart, “When Creators, Corporations and Consumers Collide: Napster and the Development of Online Music Distribution”
With the emergence of Internet, corporations saw digital distribution as a way to cut the costs of physical distribution of music, but consumers saw music and digital networks as a disintermediating platform.
- What was “Internet Nirvana” theory and how does it benefit different parties?
- How has the recording industry exercised its control over pricing and new digital technologies?
- How did the recording industry traffic in a scarce resources, such as records and compact disk recordings?
- What public actions did the recording industry take to ensure its continued profitability?
- How have recording companies protected their intellectual property?
- How did consumers subvert the plans of the recording industry via peer-to-peer sharing?
- What events have transpired since this article? How do iTunes and Spotify challenge the assumption that the recording industry lost the battle of online music distribution?