This penetrating and informative book provides readers with the perfect systematic critical guide to the file-sharing phenomenon. Combining inter-disciplinary resources from sociology, history, media and communication studies and cultural studies, Matthew David unpacks the economics, psychology, and philosophy of file-sharing. It fuses a deep knowledge of the music industry and the new technologies of mass communication with a powerful perspective on how multinational corporations operate to monopolize markets, how international and state agencies defend property, while a global multitude undermine and/or reinvent both.  

Creativity as Performance: The Myth of Creative Capital

Creativity as performance: The myth of creative capital
  • Introduction
  • Artists should get paid like everybody else, right?
  • Creative industries?
  • The problem with music today
  • The ‘Love Manifesto'
  • The emperors new sword revisited
  • The shift ‘back’ from recording to performance
  • The declining value of investment
    • The production function
    • The manufacture of physical product
    • Distribution and sales
    • The promoter function
    • Publishing rights and the management of wider rights
  • Creativity as embodiment and performance?
  • Conclusions


As discussed in Chapters 4 and 5, intellectual property rights law developed differently in different countries but draws upon a common repertoire of ideas concerning the defence of creativity; in particular in the realm of the arts this has taken the form of claims about the Romantic genius. This defence of property rights on the basis ...

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