Digital technology has forever changed the way media is created, accessed, shared and regulated, raising serious questions about copyright for artists and fans, media companies and internet intermediaries, activists and governments. Taking a rounded view of the debates that have emerged over copyright in the digital age, this book: Looks across a broad range of industries including music, television and film to consider issues of media power and policy.; Features engaging examples that have taken centre stage in the copyright debate, including high profile legal cases against Napster and The Pirate Bay, anti-piracy campaigns, the Creative Commons movement, and public protests against the expansion of copyright enforcement.; Considers both the dominant voices, such as industry associations, and those who struggle to be heard, including ordinary media users, drawing on important studies into copyright from around the world.

Offering media students and scholars a comprehensive overview of the contemporary issues surrounding intellectual property through the struggle over copyright, Understanding Copyright explores why disagreement is rife and how the policymaking process might accommodate a wider range of views.

Copyright and the Creative Economy: How the Cultural Industries Exert Influence

Copyright and the creative economy: How the cultural industries exert influence

Understanding the ‘Cultural Industries’

In the previous chapter, we reflected on the history of copyright, its legal manifestations and the debates that have surrounded its implementation over time. Now we shift our focus to modern discourse, and explore how rights holders in the cultural industries, and those who oppose them, construct different ideas about the status and identity of cultural work, and talk about the role of copyright in ensuring that work continues. Why focus on the cultural industries and their interpretation of copyright? The reason is simple: these industries are global, they cover a wide range of cultural and creative work subject to copyright ...

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