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Charting the trajectories of music piracy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Charting the trajectories of music piracy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Trinh, Ngan Thoai (2006) Charting the trajectories of music piracy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study focuses on how the expanding market for pirated music in Vietnam has led to transnational flows of texts and genres, and to changes in how the state, music companies, pirates, and consumers deal with one another. Using theories put forth by Roger Wallis and Krister Malm (1984) and Shujen Wang and Jonathan Zhu (2003), the goal of my research is to identify major technological, economic, and organizational shifts taking place within the distribution and consumption of compact discs (CDs) in Ho Chi Minh City. This work suggests that Vietnam operates outside of our traditional understanding of the music industry or cultural flows. Unauthorized music products are helping to create a demand for all types of music in Vietnam and this begs us to question whether piracy is as negative for this country as previously thought. This thesis argues that the piracy in HCMC is a rare case of defiance and triumph over major global corporations. This study explores the magnitude of international copyright conventions, intellectual property rights enforcement, the structure of the domestic industry and the high profitability and affordability of piracy. Using a qualitative case studies approach, this examination looks at the different political, legal and regulatory frameworks that control the trajectories of music piracy in Ho Chi Minh City.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Trinh, Ngan Thoai
Pagination:vi, 122 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Acland, Charles
ID Code:9096
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:44
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:44
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