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Music & Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox


Music & Copyright In America

Music & Copyright in America examines the relationship between new technologies and music copyright in the context of the history of music copyright, from its origins in the early 19th Century through today. Attorney, educator, and entrepreneur Kevin Parks also presents a cultural history of how Americans have created and listened to music over time. He clearly explains the immensely complicated nature and evolution of copyright, and brings to life the people central to the process, from musicians to attorneys to business people.

Music & Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox, by Kevin Parks,
American Bar Association Publishing, Chicago, IL.

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