This penetrating and informative book provides readers with the perfect systematic critical guide to the file-sharing phenomenon. Combining inter-disciplinary resources from sociology, history, media and communication studies and cultural studies, Matthew David unpacks the economics, psychology, and philosophy of file-sharing. It fuses a deep knowledge of the music industry and the new technologies of mass communication with a powerful perspective on how multinational corporations operate to monopolize markets, how international and state agencies defend property, while a global multitude undermine and/or reinvent both.  

File-Sharing: A Brief History

File-sharing: A brief history
  • The hacker ethic — and U2's manager
  • Media — compression and transmission
  • Early Napster
  • The closure
  • The rise of peer-to-peer
  • The development of a common media and platform
  • From peer-to-peer to peers-to-peer (torrents)
  • Commercial development — MP3 players, iPod and iTunes
  • File-sharing and social networking (decommodification and democratization)
  • Mass/new media history
  • Web 2.0 and 3.0 — recommercialization or not?
  • From consumer revolts to revolts amongst artists

The Hacker Ethic — and U2's Manager

Under the headline ‘Silicon Valley's hippy values “killing music industry”’ Owen Gibson (The Guardian, 29 January 2008) writes:

U2's manager yesterday called on artists to join him in forcing the ‘hippy’ technology and Internet executives he blames for the collapse of the music industry to help save it. Paul McGuinness, who has plotted the rise of the Irish group ...

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