Understanding the music industry as it exists today requires an understanding of how it developed over time. Today's music industry would most certainly not be the one anybody would design from scratch. It has many inefficiencies and quirks that reflect the economic pressures and musical concerns of bygone ages.
The history of music is closely linked to the history of copyright law. This book explores how the law shaped music and the music industry. From church and court patronage in pre-19th Century Europe, to the effects of social media on music, this book explores the abiding influence of the law on music.
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Table of Contents
History and Structure of the Music Industry
Church and Court Patronage
Public Concerts and Celebrity
Tin Pan Alley and Music Publishing
How Does the Publishing Industry Work?
The First Format War: Cylinder vs. Disk
Ralph Peer and Country Music
The Great Depression and the 1930s
The Development of National Record Charts
World War II and the ASCAP and Musicians Strikes
Post-War Boom, Independent Labels, and Rock and Roll
The Transformative 1960s
The 1970s and Genre Stratification
The 1980s and 90s: Consolidation and MTV Pop Superstars
Napster, the iPod, and Streaming: The Record Industry in the New Millennium
The Record Industry Today
The Record Contract
The Live Music Industry
Music in Social Media
Independent Music Production and Distribution
Who Does What in the Record Industry?
Copyright and Music
Copyright Theory and History
Additional Music Copyright Terms and Concepts You Should Know
The Music Royalty System Today
Synch Rights for Video and Music
Dramatic Musical Works
Copyright Criticism and Alternatives
Copyright Infringement of Musical Works
How a Musical Work Copyright Infringement Case Works
How much copying is too much?
Landmark Musical Work Copyright Infringement Cases
Copyright Infringement of Sound Recordings
Consumer Sound and Video Copying Devices - The Cassette and Home Video Recorder (Sony vs. Betamax)
Contributory and Vicarious Liability for Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Services: The Napster and Grokster cases
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Sampling and Sound Recording Copyrights