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.

Lessons from History

Lessons from history

The aim of this chapter, which concentrates on the pre-history and early history of copyright, is to draw out some of the most significant features of copyright in order to help develop a sociological understanding of it. Although the passage of time makes conclusive research into the issue hazardous, copyright issues were somewhat simpler before the invention of photography, sound recording, the growth of neighbouring rights, the rise of postmodern aesthetic practices and so on. Taking these issues out of the equation for a while may help us clarify the core issues in copyright, both in the past and today, and enable us to defamiliarise conceptions that are currently normalised.

Utilising this historical perspective does not necessarily mean claiming that today's ...

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