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  • Drugs In The Music Industry - 1,260 words
    In the fifties, sixties and seventies there was a lot of musicians that were under the influence of drugs. They used drugs as their inspiration. Many songs had themes related to being high or stoned. A drug that was frequently found in songs of the sixties was marijuana. The culture of most rock and roll bands was to drink a lot of alcohol and smoke a lot of marijuana. Many bands got their start because of the use of drugs, and drugs became more popular because the musicians used them. This all lead to a generation of pot heads and hippies. The lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead was Jerry Garcia. Jerry grew up listening to music, his dad played the guitar and his mom listened to classical m ...
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  • Drugs In The Music Industry - 1,277 words
    ... usic. In the mid-sixties Jimi Hendrix wrote a song called Purple Haze it was also known as an archetypal psychedelic drug song of the sixties. Jimi was questioned about this song, and he said that the song was only about a dream that he had, had. The song was really about drugs, but if he admitted that, it would have been banned from the radio, and that would have been a major down fall for him. Jimi took a lot of drugs, he took some so that he could stay awake, some to fall asleep, some so that he would not be bored, some to wind him down, there was a variety of drugs that were taken in the sixties for different purposes. Jimi felt that he had to be stoned to keep in touch with the audi ...
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  • Comprehensive Analysis Of The Electronic Music Industry - 1,600 words
    Introduction As technology improves, the current laws about intellectual property and copyright are being challenged. Copying of nearly everything, from sound, to text, to video is made simple with computers, the Internet, scanners, CD burners and other technology. Specifically, this paper examines how the conflicts between intellectual property laws and technology are affecting the music industry. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimated in the 1980s the worldwide value of pirated music to be $1.2 billion annually (Benko 33). The International Intellectual Property Alliance estimated Unites States losses in the recorded music industry due to piracy at $600 million per year in the 1980s and ...
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  • Comprehensive Analysis Of The Electronic Music Industry - 1,686 words
    ... tive effect (the overall effect on the potential market of an author from unauthorized copying). These exceptions provide room for educational purposes, libraries, and some other non-profit uses. There is also the "first sale doctrine" which gives the original user (purchaser) the distribution rights to the copyrighted work (such as a CD). Section 109 of the U.S. Code gives the specifics of the law. Some important factors of the law are the fact that only the distribution right is given to the owner, not any others such as performance. For example, a if a person purchases a video, the first sale doctrine does not cover the public showing of that video. Also, if the owner rents copyrighte ...
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  • Comprehensive Analysis Of The Electronic Music Industry - 1,511 words
    ... member of the Grammy-nominated band Garbage who have put up rarities on their site, feels that the technology is "a cool way to distribute things that otherwise may not get released. In the process of recording, you end up with a lot of odds and ends that may be of interest to fans but aren't necessarily something you want to put out as an official release" (Goodman 25). Chuck D, who is well known for being unhappy with his former record label and embraces the technology of the Internet, accurately portrayed the fears of the record companies at the New York Music & Internet Expo when he joked that the lawyers at record labels "are like, 'Sire! Sire There is an MP3 on the horizon! The ...
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  • Comprehensive Analysis Of The Electronic Music Industry - 1,440 words
    ... for users to download an MP3 (even an illegal one) and then decide to purchase an album is still there, but is probably reduced if all material is available for free on the Internet. Discussion While there are many debates about what is going on with copyright laws and technology, one thing is clear: change is inevitable. For better or worse, with every new technology, new regulations seem to appear. And, whether we agree with it or not, regulations are already in the works for digital music. I believe that the area of regulation is where most of the questions in the future will be found. Changes of format have occurred in the past (see analog --> digital), but have never posed such ...
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  • Report On The Music Industry - 864 words
    Despite a year of headline-generating turmoil, musicians, techies, media executives and lawmakers gathering for the second Future of Music conference on Monday will find that much remains unresolved on the digital-music landscape. Over the past year, recording companies managed to force the shutdown of the free online song-swapping service Napster and launch services of their own. But they also saw new threats sprout up hydra-like in the form of second-generation free services such as Kazaa and Morpheus. Recording artists won a battle with the industry when they secured the right to be paid directly for Internet-based broadcasts. But they still wield little control over the music they create ...
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  • Digital Bootlegging And Its Effects On The Music Industry - 1,155 words
    Before the advent of MP3 files it would require 1.400 megabytes to represent just one second of stereo music in CD quality. MP3 is short for Moving Picture Experts Group, Audio Layer III. Standard MP3 compression is at a 10:1 ratio, and yields a file that is about 4 MB for a three-minute track. In 1987, Prof. Dieter Seitzer of the University of Erlangen created the MP3 format to replace pre-existing MPEG audio coding. The reason MP3 files became so popular so fast is that when one creates an MP3 file, or ripped, from a compact disc, there is no loss in quality. Every copy made thereafter is identical to the last, so unlike old tapes the quality is the same from the first copy to the hundredt ...
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  • Internet - 1,063 words
    The Internet provides many different types of information on virtually any topic possible. There are many components that make up the Internet besides text. Software that is available on the Internet is ever-changing and is rapidly growing. Napster is a software company located in California, that distributes music, to users all over the world. Napster is among the many programs that enables you to "share" audio files with people all over the world on the Internet. The controversial topic is, where do you cross the line between sharing and stealing? Many people believe that Napster should be banned permanently because it violates numerous copyright laws and many major company labels should b ...
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  • Metaphorically Speaking - 1,109 words
    Can one think of a better way to describe something, other than by comparison to another familiar, known object? This is indeed the idea behind the metaphor. Metaphors are composed of the tenor, the subject matter that is being referred to, and the vehicle, the metaphorical term itself. Many great writers have utilized metaphors to create illustrious pieces of work. The metaphor is a useful tool in description and evoking a certain tone that the author wishes to create. Metaphors can be subtle or obviously stated. In the song, Triumph by the Wu Tang Clan, the writers use metaphors differently to enhance the meaning of his song. The writers use many implied, metaphors, similes, as well as sel ...
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  • Queen Kat Carmel And St Jude - 719 words
    After a disappointing HSC result, Carmel McCaffrey could not pursue her dream of being in the music industry. She travels from her poor farm home in Mandella to the city, despite her parents belief that she should learn a computing course at home. Carmel believes that the city will provide her with a great opportunity to follow her desire to become a musician. Meanwhile, Jude Torres travels to the city to study medicine and follow her fathers footsteps. We learn that Judes father was helping the victims from the right wing forces by stealing medical supplies. He was caught and killed by the police and Jude feels that she ought to make up the past injustice. Katerina Armstrong is the daughter ...
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  • Technology Is Changing The Way We Listen To Music - 1,055 words
    ... pyright infringement (7). There is virtually no way to enforce copyright laws on MP3s because it's so easy to indirectly violate them. When considering what the Internet is, a vast collection of information interconnected for the public, the need for safe harbors becomes apparent. However, it's these same safe harbors that provide ways to escape liability when an individual does violate copyright laws. Web pages are connected through hyperlinks and search engines so even though a web site might not contain MP3s, it can be linked to other web pages that do (9). This makes it difficult to zero in on the web site that is violating copyright laws. The problem becomes evident when considering ...
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  • Napster Vs Riaa - 445 words
    Napster is an ongoing controversy on the Web. Napster is a software program that allows anyone to find their favorite music by connecting them to the computers of millions of other users. It is the simplest way to find the MP3s they want, whenever they want, and share them with the world's largest community of music lovers. An estimated 20 million people have used Napster since it came out last year. With all the people who support Napster, there are just as many that want to see it shut down. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is suing Napster for copyright infringement. RIAA found that 87 percent of the songs transferred via Napster are copyrighted. (This case is currentl ...
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  • Bordom - 563 words
    It's 1990 and many people say punk is dead. Others say punk is still dying. Still others say the story of rock and roll is nearly over. Such people have at least learned one thing from punk: they have adopted the same blind pessimism that caused so many bands to burn out so quickly. Many believers of this theory often see only the superficial qualities of the subculture made visible through the mass media. The fashion and the well-publicized scandals of Sid Vicious and friends were as far as most people saw from outside the subculture. In Facing The Music edited by Simon Frith, Mary Harron reduced the meaning of punk to "the spectacle of middle-class children dressing up in a fantasy of prol ...
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  • Nsyncs True Talent - 1,227 words
    Nsync: A True Talent in Music Here we go, the title of one of many Nsync songs, but it is also a term that cynics often use referring to the group. Here we go, another boy band, they all sound the same, etc., etc., etc. I admit that two years ago I agreed with the critics of this new boy band movement, in that they were trying to duplicate the success of groups such as New Kids on the Block and New Edition. Its a guaranteed money-maker, five good-looking guys, a trace of vocal talent, and some smooth dance moves equals domination of the music industry via the teen market. Nsync may fit into the stereotype of boy band / bubble-gum pop, but they have proven talents far beyond their competition ...
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  • Pink Floyd - 1,286 words
    In March of 1994, Pink Floyd released another album after a seven-year break from the music business. The Division Bell set off a US and European tour that according to Forbes will bring in an estimated 62 million dollars for the band. This is six million more than The Delicate Sound of Thunder tour from 1988 and far more than the band's earlier tours. For David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright the profit has increased, but for the fans the quality has dwindled. Pink Floyd's current music continues to fall short of their earlier albums because their attempts at self-imitation lack the concepts and musical nuances that made their music popular for its uniqueness. When Pink Floyd, who w ...
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  • Rock And Rap Censorship - 5,124 words
    While the censorship of art is not a new phenomenon, recent years have witnessed renewed and intensified attempts to control popular culture. In particular, rap and rock music have come under increasing attack from various sides representing the entire left and right political spectrum, purportedly for their explicit sexual and violent lyrical contents. In this paper is investigated which moral codes underlie these claims against popular music, how social movements mobilize actions around these claims, and the way in which they are manifested in mechanisms of control targeted at rap and rock music. Moreover, I explore how the performers and fans of these musical styles have in turn articulat ...
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  • Raps Affect On Society - 3,576 words
    When you listen to a rap song, what are you listing to? You are listening to words that kids shouldnt listen to. All you hear are explicit lyrics. This kind of music is being sold to young children without any thought or concern. When many children listen to this kind of music they think that was being said in the songs is not wrong or against the law. The lyrics in many songs contain violent and explicit lyrics that usually talk about killing someone along with sounds of gunshots in the background. It is also music that refers to women as "bitches," "whores" and sex-dispensing "hoes"(Saunders B29). "Gangster rap " has been criticized and debated over for its graphic sexual content, violent ...
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  • Raps Affect On Society - 3,574 words
    ... ou listen to a rap song, what are you listing to? You are listening to words that kids shouldnt listen to. All you hear are explicit lyrics. This kind of music is being sold to young children without any thought or concern. When many children listen to this kind of music they think that was being said in the songs is not wrong or against the law. The lyrics in many songs contain violent and explicit lyrics that usually talk about killing someone along with sounds of gunshots in the background. It is also music that refers to women as "bitches," "whores" and sex-dispensing "hoes"(Saunders B29). "Gangster rap " has been criticized and debated over for its graphic sexual content, violent im ...
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  • The Paradox Of Napster - 1,478 words
    This chapter introduces the dispute between Napster, Inc., and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the copyrights issue, the subsequent effects on todays music industry sales, and the abuse of such software on college campuses across America. Napster, Inc. was founded by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker in 1999. Shawn was only 19 years old when he wrote the program Napster at Northeastern University. Napster is a software program that allows individuals to freely trade sound files in MP3 format using the Internet. MP3 stands for MPEG Audio Layer 3. MPEG is the Moving Picture Experts Group, working under the joint direction of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and ...
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