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Popular Music Research Forum: Copy / CTRL
May 8, 2015 10:30 am
May 8, 2015 5:30 pm
March 16, 2015
309, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University of London
Lewisham Way, New Cross, London , SE14 6NW, United Kingdom

This symposium addresses the tensions between copying and copyright control, and asks what we mean by originality, creativity and invention.

Musicians have always copied from other musicians. Beethoven copied (and modified) passages from Mozart; John Lennon copied (and modified) passages from Chuck Berry. Beethoven didn’t get hit with lawsuits, but Lennon did: even if he participated in a long history of musical creativity based on sharing and borrowing, the Beatle was caught at a place and time in which intellectual property had become legally enshrined and protected.

Systems of copyright are recent, and notions of originality are in flux. Still copying has often come to be seen in negative terms: as a mark of laziness or failure, as inauthentic or exploitative. Yet there are many kinds of copying, and musicians have used pastiche, allusion and sampling techniques not just to get going or to get on, but also to make inventive and innovative music.

Meanwhile, widely accepted ideas of ownership and belonging have been thrown into confusion by the internet: in music’s production and consumption, practices of making and sharing have been transformed as new ideas around the creative commons emerge.

More than ever, popular music creativity is at odds with the imperatives of intellectual property. Working within a tradition can seem to conflict with ideas of originality; appealing to the commons can mean opposing the individuality enshrined in copyright law.

This symposium addresses the tensions between copying and copyright control, and asks what we mean by originality, creativity and invention.

Confirmed participants include:

John Street
Adam Behr
Ananay Aguilar
Tom Farncombe
Vicki Bennett, People Like Us
Guy Baron
Ian Gardiner
Issie Barratt

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Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.