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Music and the Law - Peter MacFarlane

Paperback Published: 14th December 2016
ISBN: 9781760020811
Number Of Pages: 288

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Music and the Law is a book that examines the relationship between the law and the music industry in Australia.

The book is specifically aimed at assisting and educating law and music students, as well as individuals involved in the music industry including musicians, managers, agents and music enthusiasts.The book's introductory chapter considers the importance of music from a social, cultural and political perspective and provides an introduction to the Australian legal system.

The book then looks specifically at various aspects of the music industry and, in particular, provides a summary of the following key aspects:


  • Contracts
  • Recording and distribution
  • Copyright
  • Musical works, literary works and sound recordings
  • Live performance and the live music industry in Australia
  • Alternative dispute resolution


The final chapter of the book provides commentary from various members of the Australian music industry including lawyers, managers, distributors and musicians.

Music and the Law is an indispensable tool to anyone attempting to navigate the world of music today, covering the wide spectrum of legal issues that those in the music industry may encounter.

Industry Reviews

The authors, lecturers at the University of South Australia School of Law, write from experience as practising lawyers and as rock band musicians – a career combination which might seem unusual, until you remember that many successful musicians started life as lawyers – Peter Garrett and Peter Tchaikovsky to name but two… Music and the Law … would serve well as a text in a tertiary course on management and administration in the music industry. - Hon George Palmer QC, Australian Law Journal, Oct 2017, 91

Preface Disclaimer Table of Cases Table of Statutes 1. An Introduction to Music and the Law 2. The Making of Contracts and Agreements 3. Recording and Distribution 4. Copyright 5. Licensing Sound Recordings 6. Publishing – Musical and Literary Works 7. The Death and Rebirth of Live Music in Australia 8. Alternative Dispute Resolution 9. The Industry Perspective Glossary: Key Definitions and Organisations in Australia Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781760020811
ISBN-10: 1760020818
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th December 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9
Weight (kg): 0.96

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