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.

Introduction to Bootlegging

Introduction to bootlegging

Before commencing the overview of bootlegging, it is important to clarify a number of relevant factors concerning copyright and piracy in the popular music industry. Up to this point, discussion has tended to focus on copyright as a rather abstract concept rather than as the set of arcane legal intricacies that it actually is. In this brief chapter, therefore, I will outline the key features of copyright relevant to bootlegging and differentiate bootlegging from other forms of piracy in the music industry.

Copyright in Sound Recordings of Musical Works

There are four main copyright interests in a musical recording. The first two of these are the copyright in the original musical work and its lyrics, which have their own protection as a ...

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