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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Corporate Responsibility: From Music Streaming to Prison Labor — Ruscio CGL 203

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Streaming Services and Responsibility in the Music Industry: Morality, Corporate Form, and an Alternative Model (Paper)
Kathleen Sharpe
It is no secret that the music industry is in crisis. Even streaming services, such as Spotify, the ubiquitous streaming platform, has never been profitable. Spotify currently awards one-tenth of a penny to artists per stream, while 80% of their annual revenue is spent on licensing and royalties to major record labels. In this article, I will advocate for a different business model for streaming platforms in which streaming services will work directly with the artists. I will discuss bringing value back to the music industry by altering streaming models. I will that giving larger amounts of revenue to artists is not only a better business model, but is in and of itself an act of corporate social responsibility. Finally, I will discuss what allows streaming services, such as Tidal, who do give more revnue to artists, to perform under this model, by discussing the corporate form.

The CSR of Private Prisons (Paper)
Chloe Bilodeau
I would like to write my paper about the Corporate Social Responsibility of prison labor. I will discuss both the positives and negatives of this type of CSR. I hope to come at this topic from both sides of the aisle but will ultimately propose that they do not engage in this practice. Many scholars find prison labor to be a human rights violation. Others find it to be a rehabilitative opportunity for the prisoners whereby they learn valuable skills. My audience for the paper would be a private corporation deciding whether to use prison labor. I found several scholarly articles about this topic. I may also discuss the evils of private prisons to persuade the corporation not to profit off of this enterprise.

Norfolk Southern: Behaviors and Events Related to Fraud Risks (Paper)
Matthew Rickert
An analysis of Norfolk Southern Corporations structured and unstructured data to determine possible and probable fraud schemes.

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Pharmaceutical World: An Alternative Approach (Paper)
Hollie Webb
This project came about through Professor Kish Parella's law seminar course, Corporate Social Responsibility. This paper will look at the social responsibility of pharmaceutical companies regarding drug pricing under the current predominant business model of shareholder primacy. I will analyze this through the case of Pfizer's price increase on its childhood pneumonia vaccine, showing how the shareholder model will inevitably continue to produce similar results. Finally, using Edward Freeman's stakeholder theory, I will suggest an alternative model and describe how that might look.


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Ruscio CGL 203

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