Co-operation and conflict: the British musicians' union, musical labour and copyright

Williamson, J. (2014) Co-operation and conflict: the British musicians' union, musical labour and copyright. MusiCultures, 41(1), pp. 73-92.

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Using examples drawn from the archives of the British Musicians' Union (MU), this article examines the role of the representatives of musical labour in shaping copyright legislation in the UK. Arguing that this has rarely been acknowledged in the narrative surrounding music copyright, it seeks to show how the recording industry and the MU have worked together to protect very different interests. It notes, however, that this has often resulted in conflict within the union, as it battled to preserve a collectivist philosophy in the face of both internal and external pressures.

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Keywords:Musicians' Union, music, labour, copyright, performers' rights
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williamson, Dr John
Authors: Williamson, J.
Subjects:K Law > K Law (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:MusiCultures
Publisher:The Canadian Society for Traditional Music

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
566971The Musicians' Union: A Social HistoryMartin CloonanArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/I027215/1CCA - MUSIC