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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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Project last modified 14/02/2022