Week 6: File Sharing and Property in the age of the internet


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Hi everyone and welcome this weeks blog post. this week I will be discussing File Sharing and Property in the age of the internet.

So what is file sharing?


File sharing is the public or private sharing of computer data or space in a network with various levels of acess privilege. While files can easily be shared outside a network (for example, simply by handing or mailing someone your file on a diskette), the term file sharing almost always means sharing files in a network, even if in a small local area network. File

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sharing allows a number of people to use the same file or file by some combination of being able to read or view it, write to or modify it, copy it, or print it. Typically, a file sharing system has one or more administrators. Users may all have the same or may have different levels of access privilege. File sharing can also mean having an allocated amount of personal file storage in a common file system.


In the past fifteen years, file sharing of digital cultural works between individuals has been at the center of a number of debates on the future of culture itself as we discussed in class. To some, sharing constitutes piracy, to be fought against and eradicated. Others see it as unavoidable, and table proposals to compensate for its harmful effects. Meanwhile, little progress has been made towards addressing the real challenges facing culture in a digital world today.

So where does sharing start I hear you ask? 

Sharing starts from a radically different viewpoint, namely that the non-market sharing of digital works is both legitimate and useful. It supports this pr

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mise with empirical research, demonstrating that non-market sharing leads to more diversity
in the attention given to various works. Taking stock of what we have learnt about the cultural economy in recent years, Sharing sets out the conditions necessary for valuable cultural functions to remain sustainable in this context.

 Pirate Party


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In the digital age, piracy is rife on the high seas of the internet. Copyright infringement takes place daily on a massive scale. Vast libraries of music, films and television are available within
minutes and completely free of charge.
This is truly one of the most important cultural revolutions of recent times. Yet, it is also argued that file-sharing has become so prominent that entertainment industries are facing a catastrophe which will destroy them.

In my opinion with the fast change and accessibility in Technology, this has has stretched the ambit of copyright law to breaking point, with many arguing that the current model of copyright law is not fit for purpose. Others argue that it is the enforcement of copyright law which needs to be strengthened; by giving rights holders more tools to prevent infringement in the digital arena.


Thank you for taking the time to Read my blog pos, tune in next week as I hope to discuss ‘ Gaming, third places and meta reality spaces’ Please feel free to leave any comments you may have, bye for now 🙂 




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