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Since 1960 a highly innovative form of music making has developed in Jamaica in the effective absence of copyright. It is argued that reggae music would actually never have emerged had copyright been implemented on the island. Quite simply, local forms of creativity and the nature of the musical labour process were inimical to intellectual property (IP). There are wider lessons to be learnt here it is suggested. Creative practice in Jamaica has been based on principles which apply in other territories and to other forms of culture choked by the constrictions of the contemporary copyright regime. A comparison with open source software reinforces this case.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Copyright Holders:||2010 Cambridge University Press|
|Keywords:||copyright; reggae music; piracy; open source|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Depositing User:||Jason Toynbee|
|Date Deposited:||21 Jan 2011 10:49|
|Last Modified:||27 Oct 2012 14:20|
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