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Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox / Edition 1

Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox / Edition 1

by Patrick Burkart, Tom McCourt
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With the rising popularity of online music, the nature of the music industry and the role of the Internet are rapidly changing. Rather than buying records, tapes, or CDs—in other words, full-length collections of music—music shoppers can, as they have in earlier decades, purchase just one song at a time. It's akin to putting a coin into a diner jukebox—except the jukebox is in the sky, or, more accurately, out in cyberspace. But has increasing copyright protection gone too far in keeping the music from the masses? Digital Music Wars explores these transformations and the far-reaching implications of downloading music in an in-depth and insightful way. Focusing on recent legal, corporate, and technological developments, the authors show how the online music industry will establish the model for digital distribution, cultural access, and consumer privacy. Music lovers and savvy online shoppers will want to read this book, as will students and researchers interested in new media and the future of online culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742536692
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/16/2006
Series: Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Patrick Burkart is assistant professor of communication at Texas A&M University. Tom McCourt is assistant professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University and the author of Conflicting Communication Interests in America: The Case of National Public Radio.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1 The "Celestial Jukebox" Chapter 2 2 The Music Industry in Transition Chapter 3 3 The Jukebox Contested Chapter 4 4 The Jukebox Implemented Chapter 5 5 Digital Capitalism, Culture, and the Public Interest

What People are Saying About This

Steve Jones

Burkart and McCourt provide the first clear and comprehensive account of the Internet's impact on the music industry. From law to mp3s, peer-to-peer networks to DRM, their telling of the modern music industry's storied struggle with technology is always engaging, illuminating, and insightful. For students and scholars alike this book will prove invaluable to an understanding of the complicated legal, technological, commercial, and social issues surrounding today's digital music mayhem.

Harmeet Sawhney

Burkart and McCourt weave together materials from disparate sources to provide a comprehensive and clarifying account of the technological, business, and legal developments in a complex and confusing industry. They also alert us to the historical context within which the current drama is playing out. The end result is a book that is both cutting edge and historically grounded—a rare and welcome feat.

Vincent Mosco

Digital Music Wars provides an essential roadmap to the massive upheaval in the global music business. With a critical eye and the clearest prose, it examines the changing technologies, corporate struggles, government responses, and citizen challenges that are creating the emerging 'celestial jukebox.' Skillfully combining political, economic, and cultural approaches, the authors have written a book that is both comprehensive and a joy to read.

Kembrew McLeod

Digital Music Wars should be required reading for anyone interested in the rapidly changing legal and technological landscape that was carved out after World War MP3. Although it deftly explains these shifts to both novices and experts, the book's real strength is in illuminating what is at stake in these battles: the public interest.

Lynn Schofield Clark

This is a fascinating and important study for those concerned about trends in the media industries. The book is theoretically solid and provides excellent detail to the concerns of copyright and technological development that will shape the music industry for decades to come.

David Hesmondhalgh

This concise, precise little book is a spirited polemic against digital capitalism and a mine of information about changes in the music business. Everyone interested in the contemporary cultural industries should read it.

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