Chapter 21

Content Rights: The Realm of Music


Music has been at the center of many important, hotly disputed copyright conflicts for the past 100 years. In the digital content revolution, music continues this time-honored role. From music's complex relationship with radio and television broadcasters, to the use of music in film and television production, to pirated music on tape and disk, to the Internet, MP3, and Napster, fair exploitation of music has been a burning question in the development of copyright rules respecting ownership and use. Beginning in the early part of the 20th century and growing more forceful during the ensuing decades, the debate over just compensation for use of music has been as contentious as it has been entertaining. ...

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