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The Beyond the Commons Dissertation
I Got it for a Song!": Lifting the Lid on Performing Rights
Beyond the Commons
The Expansion of the Irish Music Rights Organisation,
the Elimination of Uncertainty,
and the Politics of Enclosure.
Anthony T. McCann, Ph.D.
ISBN 0-9544797-0-X, 2003, 426pp, perfect bound.
"A wonderful and delightful combination of research and theoretical
speculation, this is one of the most original dissertations it
has been my pleasure to read in 35 years." Prof. Anthony Seeger, UCLA
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"I Got it for a Song!"
Lifting the Lid on Performing
Rights (a brief rant)
Anthony McCann, Ph.D.
ISBN 0-9544797-1-8, 2003, 56pp.
Have you ever given performing rights a second thought?
Have you ever questioned the validity of performing rights?
The first booklet in the
Critical Traditions Series,
"I Got it for a Song!" is written for a
general audience, and issues
an invitation to people to pose
some straightforward questions about the validity of
performing rights, specifically in an Irish context, but with clear application elsewhere.
To understand performing rights is to understand the primary basis for
financial gain within the
music industry worldwide.
Performing rights provide the basis for
the activities of royalty collection agencies
such as ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN, IMRO and many others.
The booklet explores the politics of persuasion and coercion
implicated by the underlying logic of performing rights.
The primary function of performing rights, developed from copyright theory,
is that they act
as a justification for prescriptive control, making it legitimate for one person to
prescribe the actions of another unless a fee is paid.
In other words: "Obey me! Pay me money! (or else!)".
Personally challenging and provocative, "I Got it for a Song!" is well-suited as an easy-to-read text
for use in classroom discussions about music, copyright, and the music industry.
Supporting music and copyright resources can be found here.
"I Got it for a Song!" draws upon and develops work started
in the Ph.D. Dissertation
Beyond the Commons.
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The Critical Traditions Series
The Critical Traditions Series invites people to recognise that life is both more complicated
and more simple than it appears to be.
The Critical Traditions Series invites people to ask questions of authorities, concepts,
and practices that they may not have considered questioning before.
The Critical Traditions Series invites people to formulate their own responses to critical issues of
social and cultural concern.
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