Sharing music files: Tactics of a challenge to the industry


  • Brian Martin University of Wollongong
  • Chris Moore Deakin University
  • Colin Salter McMaster University



file-sharing, music industry, tactics, injustice


The sharing of music files has been the focus of a massive struggle between representatives of major record companies and artists in the music industry, on one side, and peer-to-peer (p2p) file-sharing services and their users, on the other. This struggle can be analysed in terms of tactics used by the two sides, which can be classified into five categories: cover-up versus exposure, devaluation versus validation, interpretation versus alternative interpretation, official channels versus mobilisation, and intimidation versus resistance. It is valuable to understand these tactics because similar ones are likely to be used in ongoing struggles between users of p2p services and representatives of the content industries.

Author Biographies

Brian Martin, University of Wollongong

Professor of Social Sciences

Chris Moore, Deakin University

Postdoctoral fellow

Colin Salter, McMaster University

Assistant professor, Centre for Peace Studies




How to Cite

Martin, B., Moore, C., & Salter, C. (2010). Sharing music files: Tactics of a challenge to the industry. First Monday, 15(12).