Copyright in the Music Industry
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Copyright in the Music Industry

A Practical Guide to Exploiting and Enforcing Rights

Hayleigh Bosher

This must-have book is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to copyright and related rights in the music industry, illustrated with relevant cases and real world examples. Key features include: • An engaging and approachable writing style • A practical orientation for those in the industry and their advisors • The impact of social media on copyright infringement, management and remedies • Accessible explanations of key concepts in copyright and related rights, as well as commonly misunderstood topics such as sampling and fair use.
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Chapter 13: Inspiration or infringement

Hayleigh Bosher


This chapter builds on the previous two chapters to summarise and apply what copyright infringement is and what that actually means in relation to your own creative process. This chapter clarifies the difference between taking inspiration and copying; thereby enabling you to understand when it is okay to draw from other’s work and when it would constitute copyright infringement. First it sets the context of inspiration by considering what is creativity. Then it summarises what is and what is not copying for the purpose of copyright infringement, including when someone copies unconsciously - i.e. not on purpose.

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