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Space to grow : copyright, cultural policy and commercially-focused music in China

Montgomery, Lucy (2009) Space to grow : copyright, cultural policy and commercially-focused music in China. Chinese Journal of Communication, 2(1), pp. 36-49.

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Abstract

A difficult copyright environment, combined with the Chinese government's continuing power over key distribution and promotion channels, including radio, television, publishing and concerts (Baranovitch, 2003; Brady, 2006), have been key factors in the failure of international labels to secure a dominant position in China's rapidly developing domestic music market. This paper argues that while international record labels have been paralyzed by concepts of value that depend on an ability to control the copying of music products and to enforce intellectual property rights (Montgomery & Potts, 2008), domestic music and entertainment businesses are actively exploring strategies that allow them to function in a weak copyright environment. Cultural policies ostensibly intended to prevent the circulation of heterodox content are having an important side-effect: making it more attractive for music-related businesses to promote and distribute local content. As a result, domestic music and entertainment businesses are developing a distinct advantage in the highly competitive Chinese market.

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ID Code: 17761
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Music, Copyright, Cultural Policy, Mobile Phones, Digital Distribution, Protectionism
DOI: 10.1080/17544750802639044
ISSN: 1754-4750
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
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Deposited On: 13 Feb 2009 13:41
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2013 07:02

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