The development of the contemporary music industry is influenced consistently by the development of information technologies and internet, which have changed the music industry dramatically. In actuality, consumers have got a substantially larger access to music and, what is more, they can choose a variety of products. At the same time, often consumers tend to use internet to get the product free of charge that naturally affects owners of intellectual property rights and this trend is likely to be observed not only in the music industry but also in the movie/video industry.
On analyzing the impact of the internet on music industry, it is important to lay emphasis on the fact that modern music industry shifts online. Today, consumers prefer buy or order music online, instead of buying a CD, for instance, in a shop next door. Obviously, Internet facilitates the purchase of music because customers can select specific products, such as songs, which they do want to buy. In fact, they can make their own collections and buy them online.
On the other hand, the problem of the protection of copyrights arises because often consumers use internet to get music illegally, downloading new products even before their official release. In such a situation, the legislation concerning intellectual property rights and copyrights should expand on the Internet and illegal distribution of music or sharing music via Internet should be prohibited.
Unfortunately, the same trend can be traced in the movie/video industry in the nearest future and legislators and law enforcement agencies should undertake preventive measures to protect copyrights and intellectual property rights.
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