Thursday, February 17, 2011

History of Copyright, part 6: Hijacked By Record Industry

History of Copyright, part 6: Hijacked By Record Industry

"During most of the 20th century, a battle of prominence raged between performing musicians and the record industry. For most of the century, musicians were regarded as the important party in law and in common sense. However, the record industry would rather see music corporativized. Active intervention by the self-declaredly fascist regime in Italy tipped the scales in this direction."

This is part seven of a multi-part series on Copyright. If you ever felt that the music and film industry were being a little overzealous in their pursuit of "pirates" who "steal" content, this will explain just how things got so bad.

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