Musical Appropriation, Musical Meaning, and the Law

2004 Interdisciplinary Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop Paper

37 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2004  

Joanna Demers

University of Southern California - Thornton School of Music

Abstract

The following paper is an excerpt from a book I am currently writing entitled Musical Appropriation, Musical Meaning, and the Law. This monograph explores two fundamental questions from the point of view of a musicologist:

- How has intellectual property (IP) law impacted musical creativity within the past fifty years?

- How have restrictions on appropriation changed the way music communicates?

Important authors in the field of cultural studies have claimed that IP has exerted a categorically negative effect on musical creativity. My book challenges this conventional wisdom by arguing that copyright law has led to a cultivation of techniques that refine, rather than stunt, music's capacity to communicate. This project provides a nuanced analysis of the effects of IP law on musical meaning, and will be an important contribution to the fields of musicology, cultural studies, and the law.

Suggested Citation

Demers, Joanna, Musical Appropriation, Musical Meaning, and the Law. 2004 Interdisciplinary Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=581981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.581981

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