Organised Sound: Vol. 6, no. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 117-120.
This article addresses the issues concerning the impact of music on cyberspace globalisation. It points out that Internet access is limited to only one per cent of the wealthiest human population. It also looks into the future of cyberspace music and predicts that most of the cyberspace activities are going to be unleashing one of many of humanity’s predispositions - the predisposition to steal. Cyberspace represents a perfect medium for concealing a person’s identity and for the masking of any of the responsibility that is expected from socially acceptable human behaviour. With these aspects in mind, the paper concentrates on the Internet’s distribution of pirated software and the trading of MP3 files. The paper also focuses on commercial music whose economic impact on the development of music technology allows ‘academic musicians’ to appropriate most of the tools that otherwise would not have been developed for ‘academic’ use.
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