8 Disciplining the Consumer
File-Sharers under the Watchful Eye of the Music Industry
There has been a considerable amount of discussion over the past decade about the legality of downloading music.1 Copyright and intellectual property have been at the centre of this debate, but few scholars have set aside the legal questions to consider the timing of file-sharing lawsuits and the mechanisms deployed to find and prosecute downloaders. Understanding the mechanisms and timing of file-sharing lawsuits can point to structural political-economic changes in the way people are encouraged to consume. By using surveillance on the Internet, the major players in the music industry have successfully re-established the dominance ...