Digitisation and the Politics of Copying in Popular Music Culture
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?