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My original abstract

April 1, 2010

This is how my original thesis abstract went. We’ll find out how closely I keep to this original idea soon enough! I’ll be done with everything on May 7!

The rapid growth of Internet use in developed nations has led to increasing concern by copyright holders over the unauthorized transfer of their works online. With a focus on popular entertainments, I wish to investigate government and industry reactions to the steadily growing popularity of peer-to-peer file sharing on the Japanese Internet. This project will examine the rise of peer to peer file sharing in Japan and the resulting legal concerns and international and domestic pressures that arrived with it. Of particular interest will be music, television, and video game Internet piracy. Additionally, I will examine government (laws) and industry (digital rights management) strategies to curb piracy.

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