Digitisation and the Politics of Copying in Popular Music Culture

About this project
John Street

Keith Negus

Adam Behr

Lead investigator(s):
Prof John Street
Prof Keith Negus
– Dr Adam Behr

Start Date: 1st October 2013
End Date: 31st January 2015


Musicians are at the forefront of discussion around revenue loss in the music industry, yet are often neglected in existing studies which usually focus on corporate perspectives or audience activities. This project investigates how the notion of ‘original’ ideas and rights of access (and hence copyright) are negotiated by practicing musicians. How do musicians regard duplicating without permission in order to circulate free copies or bootlegs? How do they see the practice of appropriating, reusing, sampling and imitating, and how does this relate to the existing legal and policy framework?