Out in paperback spring 2017 democracy of sound explores the many ways americans have produced and reproduced music from the wax cylinder era of the 1890s to the age of the mp3 it reveals how policymakers justified sweeping property rights that favored entertainment and high tech interests over consumers and the public domain by the end of. It was a time when music fans copied and traded recordings without permission an outraged music industry pushed congress to pass anti piracy legislation yes that time is now it was also the era of napster in the 1990s of cassette tapes in the 1970s of reel to reel tapes in the 1950s even the phonograph epoch of the 1930s piracy it turns out is as old as recorded music itself. Piracy it turns out is as old as recorded music itselfin democracy of sound alex sayf cummings uncovers the little known history of music piracy and its sweeping effects on the definition of copyright in the united states when copyright emerged only visual material such as books and maps were thought to deserve protection even musical . Alex sayf cummings is the author of democracy of sound 367 avg rating 73 ratings 12 reviews published 2013. This entry was posted in books and tagged alex cummings book review bootlegs copyright democracy of sound riaa on november 8 2013 by fred mills post navigation turn around bright eyes the rituals of love karaoke by rob sheffield rub out the words the letters of william s burroughs 1959 1974 edited by bill morgan
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