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IPR and music: Andy’s new publication

Andy Pratt has a new publication  “ Music rights: towards a material geography of musical practices in the ‘Digital Age’.”  In B. Haracs, M. Seman & T. Virani (Eds.), The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age (pp. 206-219). London: Routledge.

The book has a twitter account<> which you can follow.


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.

sbbk273 • June 11, 2016

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