IASPM Journal: The Digital Nation: Copyright, Technology and Politics‏

Call for submissions
IASPM Journal

Copyright debates continue to be interesting in the popular music industries for many reasons. Copyright remains a chief mechanism by which the recording and related publishing industries derive income, status and wealth. Yet it is also increasingly an index of measurement of nations’ viability as knowledge economies as much as an index of the tensions between producers and consumers of music.

The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, IASPM@Journal, is seeking papers that address the various current technological, legal and cultural issues related to music copyright. We particularly welcome papers that frame these issues in specific national or regional contexts, to provide a distinctive overview of how nations are attempting to reconcile increasingly global trade and intellectual property structures with local practices, needs and histories.

This special issue seeks to capitalise on the breadth of IASPM national knowledge to present a diverse conversation about similarities and differences in copyright law, structures and practices. Possible topics can include, but are not restricted to:
· digital music distribution
· creative digital music production techniques
· open source and ‘copyleft’ music production
· music copyright issues in scholarly publications and research

Proposals of 250 words should be sent to Geoff Stahl (Geoff.Stahl@vuw.ac.nz) and Shane Homan (Shane.Homan@monash.edu) by 1 February 2012.