A Broken Record: Subjecting 'Music' to Cultural Rights
In James C. Young and Conrad Brunck, eds., Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (London: Blackwell) 179-210. 2009
38 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2009
In this chapter, we assess the relationship between social health and cultural forms in the scope of appropriating ‘artistic consent.’ We do not argue that all forms of cultural appropriation is wrong. In contrast to ‘free culture’ pro-public domain movements, however, we argue that appropriating certain kinds of recorded music should be considered within political and historical contexts. In some situations, particularly involving the recorded music of indigenous communities often subjected to histories of colonialism and domination, appropriation of recorded music needs to be understood as a violation of cultural rights and its ‘repatriation’ must go beyond compensation to encompass a unique set of resources to enable distinct futures to be articulated.
Keywords: Cultural appropriation, Indigenous rights, Law and art
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