When recording companies ask the question “can the industry association teach (or enforce) ‘respect for property’ while building a healthy music market in the digital age? ”(344, Condry), No I don’t think so because users have become so used to peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing that it’s hard to go back to the ways of purchasing music when it can be found for free. Some of the motivators for file-sharing as mentioned by Steinmetz & Tunnell are something they call sharing is caring a code they follow for others for content that they believe should be free (2013). Steinmetz & Tunnell also mention that there are users that upload samples before others commit to purchasing say a video game or CD (2013).
There are some methods of halting illegal file sharing; teaching that downloading media and uploading media for sharing uninviting for users, if instilled from an early age, it can prevent them from uploading media for file-sharing through teaching them in classrooms (Condry, 2007). It could change the way in which younger users access music and will more likely commit to purchasing music then downloading it free. However this method is not the greatest idea because many of these people being educated have no steady source of income, many will still be downloading free media because it works better for them having access all the time. Another answer could be sites such as iTunes and Netflix where these websites allow users to purchase/subscribe to music and movies. However, these fees can add up and it can be limited and frankly not attractive for every consumer that can’t afford for paying for different sites.
What recording industries need to realize is that file-sharing may not be the only factor affecting sales for them. As Condry mentions, “they conclude that it would take 5000 downloads to displace one sale” (349). They need to realize that in a new era, digital copies of music are one of the ways most consumers listen to music and CD sales will drop since everyone is purchasing MP3 players or using their smart phones to play music. I feel that recording companies don’t really have a choice with file-sharing in this era. They will come up with another method to solve the issue of piracy in similar ways to how Netflix and iTunes work.