Introduction: Legal Form and Cultural Symbol – Music, Copyright and Information Studies.

Kretschmer, M. and Pratt, A., 2009. Introduction: Legal Form and Cultural Symbol – Music, Copyright and Information Studies. Information, Communication and Society, 12 (2).

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Writers in information and communication studies often assume the stability of objects under investigation: network nodes, databases, information. Legal writers in the intellectual property tradition often assume that cultural artefacts exist as objects prior to being governed by copyright law. Both assumptions are fallacious. This introduction conceptualises the relationship of legal form and cultural symbol. Starting from an understanding of copyright law as part of systems of production (in the sense of Peterson 1976), it is argued that copyright law constructs the artefacts it seeks to regulate as objects that can be bought and sold. In doing so, the legal and aesthetic logic of cultural symbols may clash, as in the case of digital music (the central focus of this special issue).

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1369-118X
Subjects:Social Sciences > Law
Group:Business School > Department of Law
ID Code:9251
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:23 Jan 2009 10:33
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:05

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