When a box is not enough
The scope of this paper is to analyse the challenges the music industry faces when it is to act in a network economy where the distribution of music is no longer restricted to selling physical artifacts to consumers through ordinary outlets when a box is no longer enough. That is, we wish to uncover what happens when music becomes e-music.
We cannot focus on all aspects of e-music it simply is not possible
to map all consequences which digitalisation may or may have on the music industry.
Based on an analysis of the legal and economic frameworks which the music industry
operate within, that is various kinds of intellectual property rights legislation
and rules of the network economy, we hope to answer the following questions:
In attempting to answer these questions it is vital to focus on all major interests
of the music industry, including the record labels, the consumers, the artists,
and governments. A decisive element of the analysis is to discuss how these
parties might be working together in the pursuit of their common interest.
By Thomas Lue Lytzen & Franz Berliner