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Economics of music streaming

This research aims to improve the regulation of music creator remuneration in light of streaming technology.

The growing dissatisfaction with musicians’ earnings from streaming and impact of the pandemic on the music industry led to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's decision to examine the economics of music streaming.

This research aims to help decisions makers to address the issues raised in the inquiry, in particular relating to the copyright structures and contractual management of copyright that impacts the balance of stakeholders rights and remuneration from streaming in the music industry.

This research investigates the copyright and related rights around music streaming, in particular how this impacts the remuneration of music creators in light of streaming technologies. It adds to the discourse and argues for regulatory changes that will rebalance stakeholder rights to enable and support a fairer music industry ecosystem.


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Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Dr Hayleigh Bosher - Hayleigh is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law and Associate Dean (Professional Development and Graduate Outcomes) at Brunel University London, as well as, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management, writer and Book Review Editor for the specialist IP blog IPKat, founder of the World IP Women (WIPW) network, and a legal consultant in the creative industries.  Hayleigh is well-recognised in the field of intellectual property law, in particular copyright law and the creative industries, and has attained an international reputation in the field of Music Copyright, in particular and her work has been cited extensively in academic, practitioner and policy outputs. She has contributed to policy work in this area, is cited in various Government documents and has been interviewed by numerous national and international media outlets, including BB, ITV, Sky News and The Guardian, The Times and The Wall Street Journal. Hayleigh researches in the area of copyright and related laws in the creative industries, particularly in music, social media, and more recently artificial intelligence and related technologies e.g. NFTs. Her research always involves public and policy engagement, as such she is widely published in academic peer-reviewed journals, in the press, and has responded to a number of policy inquiries at international and national level. Her most recent book; Copyright in the Music Industry, is accompanied with a playlist and podcast.  Hayleigh is a core member of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Research Centre for Law, Economics and Finance at Brunel. Hayleigh joined Brunel in 2018, having previously held positions at Coventry University, The University of the Arts London and the Academy of Digital Entertainment, Breda University (Netherlands). 

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Project last modified 14/02/2022