Pop Song Piracy

Pop Song Piracy

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The music industrya€™s ongoing battle against digital piracy is just the latest skirmish in a long conflict over who has the right to distribute music. Starting with music publishersa€™ efforts to stamp out bootleg compilations of lyric sheets in 1929, Barry Kernfelda€™s Pop Song Piracy details nearly a century of disobedient music distribution from song sheets to MP3s. In the 1940s and a€™50s, Kernfeld reveals, song sheets were succeeded by fake books, unofficial volumes of melodies and lyrics for popular songs that were a key tool for musicians. Music publishers attempted to wipe out fake books, but after their efforts proved unsuccessful they published their own. Pop Song Piracy shows that this pattern of disobedience, prohibition, and assimilation recurred in each conflict over unauthorized music distribution, from European pirate radio stations to bootlegged live shows. Beneath this pattern, Kernfeld argues, there exists a complex give and take between distribution methods that merely copy existing songs (such as counterfeit CDs) and ones that transform songs into new products (such as file sharing). Ultimately, he contends, it was the music industrya€™s persistent lagging behind in creating innovative products that led to the very piracy it sought to eliminate.The work toward mechanisms for using tape, rather than wire, got underway in Germany in 1928, when Fritz Pfleumer ... at the Ampex Corporation, who in 1947 made the first high quality magnetic tape recorder for use in American recordinganbsp;...

Title:Pop Song Piracy
Author: Barry Kernfeld
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2011-10-01

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