Stakeholders Worksheet

For this exercise, assume your stakeholder's perspective on the issue of music downloading and peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. Research your stakeholder's opinions and arguments. Be prepared to discuss your group's position with others in the class.

  1. What is your group's mission? Who do you represent?
  2. What is your group's opinion on the current state of copyright law and peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing?
  3. How does your group want to change copyright law? Why? What are the benefits of your group's approach?

Examples of copyright policy stakeholders:

  1. Government
    • United States Copyright Office
    • Members of Congress
  2. Industry
    • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
    • Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
  3. Creators
    • Major & Independent Music Artists
    • Authors
    • Song Writers
    • Filmmakers
    • Film producers
    • Actors
  4. Nonprofit Public Advocacy Groups
    • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
    • Creative Commons
    • Students for Free Culture
    • Future of Music Coalition
    • Defective by Design
    • Copyright Alliance
  5. Academic
    • Universities & Students
  6. Businesses
    • ISPs (Comcast, AT&T, AOL etc.)
    • Technology companies (Apple, Microsoft etc.)
  7. Legal Community
    • Lawyers representing companies developing or using file-sharing technology
    • Lawyers representing file-sharers accused of infringement
    • Lawyers representing copyright owners who believe their works have been infringed