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Pay for Play: How the Music Industry Works, Where the Money Goes, and Why

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Larry Wayte, University of Oregon

Copyright Year: 2023

Publisher: University of Oregon Libraries

Language: English

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Table of Contents

Part I. History and Structure of the Music Industry 

  • Church and Court Patronage
  • Public Concerts and Celebrity
  • Music Printing
  • Tin Pan Alley and Music Publishing
  • How does the Publishing Industry Work?
  • The First Format War: Cylinder vs. Disk
  • Ralph Peer and Country Music
  • Radio
  • The Great Depression and the 1930s
  • The Development of National Record Charts
  • World War II and the ASCAP and Musicians Strikes
  • Post-War Boom, Independent Labels, and Rock and Roll
  • The Transformative 1960s
  • The 1970s and Genre Stratification
  • The 1980s and 90s: Consolidation and MTV Pop Superstars
  • Napster, the iPod, and Streaming: The Record Industry in the New Millennium
  • The Record Industry Today
  • The Record Contract
  • The Live Music Industry
  • Music in Social Media
  • Independent Music Production and Distribution
  • Who Does What in the Record Industry?

Part II. Copright and Music

  • Copyright Theory and History
  • Additional Music Copyright Terms and Concepts You Should Know
  • The Music Royalty System Today
  • Mechanical Rights
  • Performance Rights
  • Sound Recordings
  • Synch Rights for Video and Music
  • Dramatic Musical Works
  • Copyright Criticism and Alternatives

Part III. Copyright Infringement of Musical Works

  • How a Musical Work Copyright Infringement Case Works
  • How much copying is too much?
  • Fair Use
  • Damages
  • Landmark Musical Work Copyright Infringement Cases

Part IV. Copyright Infringement of Sound Recordings

  • Consumer Sound and Video Copying Devices — The Cassette and Home Video Recorder (Sony vs. Betamax)
  • Contributory and Vicarious Liability for Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Services: The Napster and Grokster cases
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • Sampling and Sound Recording Copyrights

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  • About the Book

    The history of music is closely linked to the history of copyright law. This book explores how the law shaped music and the music industry. From church and court patronage in pre-19th Century Europe, to the effects of social media on music, this book explores the abiding influence of the law on music.

    About the Contributors


    Larry Wayte is a Senior Instructor of Musicology at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.

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