By examining the centrality of Romantic authorship to both copyright and the music industry, the author highlights the mutual dependence of capitalism and Romanticism, which situates the individual as the key creative force while challenging the commodification of art and self. Marshall reveals how the desire for bootlegs is driven by the same ideals of authenticity employed by the legitimate industry in its copyright rhetoric and practice and demonstrates how bootlegs exist as an antagonistic but necessary component of an industry that does much to prevent them. This book will be of great interest to researchers and students in the sociology of culture, social theory, cultural studies and law.
I do not think it is too much of an exaggeration to say that intellectual property issues are some of the most important facing the world today: what was once an arcane and confusing area of law appealing to only a few specialists and with little impact outside its immediate specialism has transformed itself into an arcane and confusing area of law that arouses the passions of many and influences virtually all aspects of contemporary life – TV shows, genetic structures, celebrity personae, and much more. Following the coming of the ‘information age’ and, in particular, the new possibilities created by the internet, we appear to be at a crossroads regarding how we should regulate information in the future. On the one hand, information-liberationists ...