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Copyright and Indian Popular Music with Gregory Booth

In this episode we talk with Gregory Booth, whose article “Copyright Law and the Changing Economic Value of Popular Music in India” was published in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. In his investigation of intellectual property rights within the context of the Indian popular music industry, Gregory traces the influence of copyright laws and new technologies on the social and economic value of popular music. As India becomes increasingly integrated into a globalized music economy, the significant link between popular music and film songs emphasizes differences in global concepts of intellectual property rights and music industries.





Gregory Booth is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and has studied Indian music and culture for more than thirty years. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on the music and film industry of South Asia.




Special thanks to Penn Masala for the music in this episode. The entirety of their song Evolution of Bollywood and many other of their current songs and albums can be found on their YouTube or their website pennmasala.com.


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