Music and copyright

Richard Haynes

in Media Rights and Intellectual Property

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748618804
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670994 | DOI:
Music and copyright

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The music industry is often overlooked in the analysis of media industries. Indeed, music is often viewed outside the general pantheon of what is meant by ‘the media’. Upon close inspection, however, it is clear not only that music is a major media industry in and of itself, but furthermore that it weaves itself into the very fabric of all audiovisual media, and even has a significant presence within print-based media in terms of reviews and promotion. The task of licensing the use of music copyright has been passed on to a range of collecting societies who oversee the administration of rights on behalf of rights owners. This chapter explores the main elements of music copyright, focusing on its relationship to the economics of the industry and the mechanics of copyright protection within the business. After discussing the origins of music copyright, the chapter goes on to examine music and copyright infringement, home recording and peer-to-peer downloading of digital music files, and Internet file sharing.

Keywords: music; copyright; music industry; licensing; collecting societies; copyright infringement; home recording; peer-to-peer downloading; Internet; file sharing

Chapter.  8799 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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