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Despite the widespread movement from CDs and record stores to MP3s and iTunes, record companies remain powerful. Interdisciplinary studies Assistant Professor David Arditi finds that the companies have capitalized on iTunes to maintain the same advantages they held with physical media distribution networks. “Music executives made it sound like this new technology on the Internet was allowing people to steal from them,” Dr. Arditi says. “The truth is, they use iTunes and other formats to control music purchases.” He notes that industry leaders exploited the advent of Internet file-sharing to strengthen copyright laws, build political capital, and protect the music industry for dominant labels.

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