Artists, Musicians and the Internet: They have embraced the internet
as a tool that helps them create, promote, and sell their work.
However, they are divided about the impact and importance of free
file-sharing and other copyright issues.
The first large-scale surveys of the internet's impact on artists and
musicians reveal that they are embracing the Web as a tool to improve
how they make, market, and sell their creative works. They eagerly
welcome new opportunities that are provided by digital technology and
At the same time, they believe that unauthorized online file sharing
is wrong and that current copyright laws are appropriate, though there
are some major divisions among them about what constitutes appropriate
copying and sharing of digital files. Their overall judgment is that
unauthorized online file-sharing does not pose a major threat to
creative industries: Two-thirds of artists say peer-to-peer file
sharing poses a minor threat or no threat at all to them.
Across the board, among those who are both successful and struggling,
the artists and musicians we surveyed are more likely to say that the
internet has made it possible for them to make more money from their
art than they are to say it has made it harder to protect their work
from piracy or unlawful use.