Music rights: towards a material geography of musical practices in the 'Digital Age'

Pratt, A.C. (2016). Music rights: towards a material geography of musical practices in the 'Digital Age'. In: B. Hracs, M. Seman & T. E. Virani (Eds.), The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age. (pp. 206-222). USA: Routledge. ISBN 9781138851658

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Abstract

This chapter fundamentally challenges the received wisdom of the ‘digital age’ and music, which is technologically reductive and generalized. Instead I argue for the need to attend to the situated nature of the practices that constitute music. In so doing I bring back the material to ‘digital discourse’, and reconnect with space and society. In so doing I break the binary divide of the digital and material and remake it as a hybrid. The structure of the chapter is as follows: I first introduce the idea of copyright and ownership in music: what it is, what can be owned, and how local institutions shape it. In the second and third parts I elaborate the issues and some practical consequences through exploration of first ownership, and second, trade. I explore these through the lens of the two types of “rights” in music: moral and mechanical. I further show how these are interwoven, and embedded in space.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age on 21 April 2016, available online: https://www.routledge.com/The-Production-and-Consumption-of-Music-in-the-Digital-Age/Hracs-Seman-Virani/p/book/9781138851658
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Creative Practice & Enterprise - Centre for Music Studies
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/14861

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