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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

Music, Technology and Copyright: The Makings and Shakings of a Global Industry
Music, Technology and Copyright: The Makings and Shakings of a Global Industry
Andrew Kirton
Introduction

Nowhere has debate about copyright been so publically animated than it has in relation to music since the end of the twentieth century. The rapid development and adoption of technologies enabling the free sharing of music online sparked a debate that has seen copyright laws, their articulation, and their enforcement in particular, receiving an unprecedented level of attention. In this context, critiques of copyright law and the socio-economic arrangements they support have proliferated. And yet, despite some significant challenges, established legal frameworks and the socio-economic arrangements and activities they support, have shown remarkable resilience. Despite ...

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