Australian copyright regimes and political economy of music

Graham, Philip W. (2013) Australian copyright regimes and political economy of music. In Tschmuck, Peter, Pearce, Philip L., & Campbell, Steven (Eds.) Music Business and the Experience Economy : The Australasian Case. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Germany, pp. 11-26.

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In this chapter I review the history of copyright in Australia through a singular and exemplary ruling of the Australian High Court made in 2012 and then relate that to the declining fortunes of Australian recorded music professionals. The case in point is Phonographic Performance Company [PPCA] of Australia Limited v Commonwealth of Australia [2012] HCA 8 (hereafter, HCA 8 2012). The case encapsulates the history of copyright law in Australia, with the judicial decision drawing substantive parts of its rationale from the Statute of Anne (8 Anne, c. 19, 1710), as well as copyright acts that regulated the Australian markets prior to 1968. More importantly the High Court decision serves to delineate some important political economic aspects of the recorded music professional in Australia and demonstrates Attali’s (1985) assertion that copyright is the mechanism through which composers are, by statute, literally excluded from capitalistic engagement as ‘productive labour’.

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ID Code: 59289
Item Type: Book Chapter
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-27898-3_2
ISBN: 9783642278983
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Music Performance (190407)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2013 03:51
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 16:10

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