Illegal music downloading at the University of Maryland

The issue of illegal music downloading is one which has impacted universities throughout the U. S. In particular, this is because the recorded music industry has identified college students as among the worst offenders with regard to the use of illegal downloading music services. Often, the industry has alleged, this is a pattern which is facilitated by the common access allowed by most modern universities to free, in-dorm, high-speed internet. Indeed, a correlation between such availability and the upswing in illegal on-campus music downloading will be addressed in this discussion.

And in response, the recorded music industry has levied a great deal of pressure on universities to curb this pattern. The investigation addressing the habits and impressions of University of Maryland students will be directly interested in helping the music industry attain that goal. However, its approach will be unique, as expressed by the methodology here taken, in its induction of student perspectives as opposed to traditional industry responses.

Survey investigation will be based on a student population with insight on the reasons that the target consumer/perpetrator is drawn to illegal downloading. The intent will be to draw some recommendations regarding the practical realignment of the current approach taken by the University of Maryland. Though that which is suggested by its relationship with some existing pay-services points in a positive direction, there are a number of additional elements to the approach taken by the University that fundamentally miss the mark.

This is due, the research here presupposes, to a misunderstanding or shortcoming in awareness as to that which is expected, desired and available for students with the current technology and information available to them. The hope is that the perspectives here provided can be employed to better understand ways of courting rather than alienating student interest with regard to legal alternatives to free downloading.