Music Piracy on Peer-to-Peer Networks

Fetscherin, M.; Zaugg, Sabrina (2004). Music Piracy on Peer-to-Peer Networks. Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on e-Technology, e-Commerce and e-Service (EEE’04), pp. 431-440. 10.1109/EEE.2004.1287343

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Content providers from the music industry argue that peer-to-peer (P2P) networks such as KaZaA, Morpheus, iMesh, or Audiogalaxy are an enormous threat to their business. They furthermore blame these networks for their recent decline in sales figures. For this reason, an empirical investigation was conducted during a period of 6 weeks on one of the most popular files-sharing systems, in order to determine the quantity and quality of pirated music songs shared. We present empirical evidence as to what extent and in which quality music songs are being shared. A number of hypotheses are outlined and were tested. We studied, among other things, the number of users online and the number of flies accessible on such networks, the free riding problem, and the duration per search request. We further tested to see if there are any differences in the accessibility of songs based on the nationality of the artist, the language of the song, and the corresponding chart position. Finally, we outline the main hurdles users may face when downloading illegal music and the probability of obtaining high quality music tracks on such peer-to-peer networks.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Fetscherin, M.


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics




Nicole Buys

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20 Apr 2016 09:09

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05 Dec 2022 14:53

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