Accepted Paper:

"Samples" of copyright's multiple meanings: intellectual ownership and cultural representation in world-music  

Author:

Panagiotis Poulos (University of Athens)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines the implications of digital technology in the production of multiple meanings of the concept of "intellectual ownership" within the context of creative music processes on a cross-cultural level.

Paper long abstract:

The practices of musical "borrowing" and "appropriation" in hybrid musical projects (world-music, avant-garde etc.) through sampling techniques have been critically discussed in recent ethnomusicological literature with regard to issues of intellectual ownership, cultural representation and copyright.

This paper focuses on musicians' discourse, which centred on the concepts of "creativity" and "innovation" defend the above practices, challenging the issue of inequality in cultural representation, as well as the copyright regime that operates in mainstream music industry. The aim of this presentation is to examine the implications of digital technology in the production of multiple meanings of the concept of "intellectual ownership" within the context of creative music processes on a cross-cultural level.

Panel W085
Performing copyright: the politics of creative practice and the poetics of technology