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.

The Impact of Bootlegging on the Record Industry and the Industry's Response

The Impact of Bootlegging on the Record Industry and the Industry's Response

The impact of bootlegging on the record industry and the industry's response

I don't think the record company loses one cent on a bootleg. If they go after bootleggers, they're wasting their money1

Public statements by record industry representatives often claim that bootlegging has a serious, detrimental impact on the record industry. Such a claim, however, is not so clear cut and in this chapter I will investigate the arguments used by the record industry against bootlegging and look at some of the ways that the official industry has responded to the bootleg phenomenon. Firstly I will discuss economic arguments but, as explained in chapter 4, a record company cannot rely solely upon economic arguments ...

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