Call for chapters: The Present and Future of Music Law

Following the Present and Future of Music Law Conference held at the University of Central Lancashire last July, we are looking for additional chapters to include in a book proposal on the topic of the conference, with a particular focus on the current legal and business challenges posed by a morphing, transnational, mid-digital marketplace.

The relation between law and the commercial exploitation of music is both complementary and confrontational. The music industry’s susceptibility to factors outside of its control, such as economy, culture and technology, mean that the mode  of production and consumption of music in a perpetual flux. At the same time, this international industry (which makes an annual contribution of £3.6 billion to the UK’s economy) is underpinned by contractual and intellectual property law regimes which take time to respond to fast moving developments. This creates unprecedented challenges for those working at the coalface, from music industry practitioners to music lawyers. The aim of this book is to explore these challenges and to consider what the solutions might be.

We invite submissions covering a range of related topics including:

  • Music business contracts intellectual property law (in particular copyright)
  • Licensing, royalties and royalty collection
  • Digital rights issues and developments
  • Digital music commerce, including streaming and piracy
  • Arbitration and mediation of music industry disputes
  • Legal issues arising from new business models, technologies, music distribution, live events, and merchandising
  • Ethical considerations

The abstract between 500 and  600 words, accompanied by the author’s biography should be submitted by 9am Monday 7th October 2019  to;

Glen Woodroffe – 


Tony Rigg –