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Title: Discourse and power in the formulation of UK anti-file-sharing legislation : the place of recording company and music creator interests
Author: Kirton, Andrew William
ISNI:       0000 0004 2732 4400
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2011
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Throughout the history of 'music industry' in the UK at least, legislators have frequently been called upon to help establish and preferable (profitable) . . socio-economic maintain arrangements in the face of disruption following technological development. The history of copyright legislation can thus be read as one in which we see the gradual extension and expansion of rights III ways that enable the effective monetisation of practices afforded by technological development, and/or the restriction of those technologically afforded practices seen to be detrimental to existing profit accumulation strategies. The passing of the Digital Economy Act 2010 (c.24), which brings forward new anti-file-sharing measures, further illustrates the apparent capacity of music corporations to affect legislative action/change in this area. This thesis offers an account and analysis of the visible 'discursive' mechanisms via which recording companies and their representatives were apparently able to affect the specific direction of recent legislative action. The thesis demonstrates that music creators, as a distinct set of actors within the recording and broader music industry, were apparently unable to affect legislative change. The interests of creators were seemingly marginalised in the UK Government's legislative response to file-sharing. The thesis subsequently provides further important illustration of the way in which copyright laws are apparently being advanced and rationalised in line with corporate interests exclusively.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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