An ‘Independent’ View of Bill C-32's Copyright Reform
Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda, Irwin Law, 2010
24 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2013
Date Written: June 1, 2010
This paper considers how a particular culture of artistic production interacts with the culture of copyright by examining, through observation and interview, an example of the former: Montreal’s (principally Anglophone) independent music labels. This choice of methodology consciously avoids a strictly functionalist approach that considers how copyright’s rules are translated or replicated through corollary informal norms, enforcement, penalties and sanctions in a particular occupational or group setting. It allows for the possibility that there may be no corollary or functional equivalence between the two cultures while attempting to avoid dualities or stereotypes that frequently arise like independent vs. major, local vs. international, authenticity vs. consumption.
Keywords: indie, independent, music labels, copyright, creative commons, grants, subsidy, normativity, culture
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