Mp3: The Beat Bytes Back

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Mark Carey

University of Leeds - School of Law

David S. Wall

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Date Written: 2001 03, 01


MP3 has become the first major buzzword of the 21st Century. Love it or hate it, MP3 is here to stay, but will it lead to the death of the popular music as we know it, or will it revitalise an industry that many believed was already in a state of decline. The early evidence suggests that it is unlikely that MP3 will cause the demise of either the record industry or of copyright law, but it is certainly the case that MP3 and its associated technologies will have a transformative effect upon both. This article explores the debates that MP3 has given rise to and evaluates the role that law is playing in shaping the future of contemporary popular music.

Keywords: MP3, copyright law, internet, music, file sharing, intellectual property law

JEL Classification: 034, K19

Suggested Citation

Carey, Mark and Wall, David S., Mp3: The Beat Bytes Back (2001 03, 01). International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 35-58, 2001. Available at SSRN:

Mark Carey

University of Leeds - School of Law ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

David S. Wall (Contact Author)

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies ( email )

School of Law, Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
+44 113 343 9575 (Phone)


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