CHAPTER 4Copyright Law and the Music Industry


This chapter focuses on the development of U.S. copyright law. It introduces the two copyrights in music, copyright duration, registration of copyright, major revisions to copyright law, and a few exceptions to the exclusive rights of copyright holders.

The chapter includes stories of entrepreneurs and artists who feel that the laws enacted decades ago to create incentives for innovation actually may be obstructing artistic freedom and economic growth in the digital age. Please add your voice to this debate.


  • Copyright infringement
  • Creative Commons license
  • Digital Audio Home Recording Act of 1992
  • Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998
  • Exclusive rights of copyright owners ...

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