Understanding Commercial Music Contracts: The Place of Contractual Theory

Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 23, 2007

21 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2007

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Guy Osborn

University of Westminster - School of Law

Steve Greenfield

University of Westminster - School of Law

Abstract

This article is concerned with the application of contract theory to recording agreements within the music industry. It considers whether the economic and social context to the industry and the position of those who seek 'popstardom' deliver contractual arrangements that cannot be adequately explained by either classical or neoclassical contract theory. It further applies relational contract ideas to such contracts to assess whether they provide a more satisfactory explanation for the contractual behaviour.

Keywords: contract, relational theory, music industry

JEL Classification: K12

Suggested Citation

Osborn, Guy and Greenfield, Steve, Understanding Commercial Music Contracts: The Place of Contractual Theory. Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 23, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1068621

Guy Osborn (Contact Author)

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

4 Little Titchfield Street
London, England W1W 7UW
United Kingdom

Steve Greenfield

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

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