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Copyright in the music industry

The project aims to help musicians, artists, songwriters and performers understand more about their rights and the regulation around music and the music industry.

In order to reach the aim set out above, we have published a book, accompanied by a playlist, and produced a podcast.

Copyright in the Music Industry - A Practical Guide to Exploiting and Enforcing Rights

The book provides clear and concise instruction on how copyright works in practice and how it applies to music specifically, as well as covering how to manage, utilise and enforce copyright, what infringement looks like and how to avoid it. It illustrates this with relevant cases and real world examples, including practical, step-by-step guidance for stakeholders of all types. 

Our research aims to help people working in the music industry understand more about their rights. It also signposts the future of copyright in the music industry through an examination of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Whose Song Is It Anyway? 

The podcast, Whose Song Is It Anyway? Provides a unique way to engage with the laws relevant to the music industry. Together with the co-host Jules O'Riordan (AKA Judge Jules), we have interviewed people from the music industry to discuss and learn about creativity and copyright.

We have regularly provided educational talks and workshops for musicians, and music industry stakeholder groups. 

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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