Itake-over: The Recording Industry In The Digital Era by David ArditiItake-over: The Recording Industry In The Digital Era by David Arditi

Itake-over: The Recording Industry In The Digital Era

byDavid Arditi

Hardcover | December 11, 2014

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iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Digital Era sheds light on the way large corporations appropriate new technologies related to recording and distribution of audio material to maintain their market dominance in a capitalist system. All too commonly, scholars have asserted too confidently, how the rise and reign of digital music has diminished the power of major record labels. In iTake-Over, music scholar David Arditi argues otherwise, adopting a broader perspective by examining how the recording industry has strengthened copyright laws for their corporate ends at the expense of the broader public good, which has traditionally depended on the safe harbor of fair use. Arditi also challenges the dominant discourse over digital music distribution, which has largely adopted the position that the recording industry has a legitimate claim to profitability at the detriment of a shared culture. iTake-Over more specifically surveys the actual material effects that digital distribution has had on the industry. Most notable among these is how major record labels find themselves in a stronger financial position today in the music industry than they were before the launch of Napster. Arditi contends that this is largely because of reduced production and distribution costs and the steady gain in digital music sales. Moreover, instead of merely trying to counteract the phenomenon of digital distribution, the RIAA and the major record labels embraced, and then altered, the distribution system. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the RIAA lobbied for legislation, built technologies, and waged war in the courts in order to shape the digital environment for music distribution. From mp3s to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), from the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) to iTunes, the major record labels and the RIAA, instead of trying to torpedo the switch to digital distribution, engineered it to their benefit-often at the expense of the public interest.Throughout, Arditi boldly asserts that the sea change to digital music did not destroy the recording industry. Rather, it stands as a testament to the recording industry's successful management of this migration to digital production and distribution. As such, this work should appeal to musicians and music scholars, political scientists and sociologists, technologists and audio professionals seeking to grasp this remarkable change in music production and consumption.
David Arditi is an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Title:Itake-over: The Recording Industry In The Digital EraFormat:HardcoverDimensions:198 pages, 9.3 × 6.32 × 0.8 inPublished:December 11, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144224013X

ISBN - 13:9781442240131

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgmentsPrefacePart I: IntroductionPart II: Transformations in the Recording IndustryChapter 1Recording Industry in Transition Chapter 2The Expansion of Consumption in the Recording IndustryPart III: The State in MusicChapter 3Copyright: A Critical ExplorationChapter 4Critical JuncturesPart IV: The Recording Industry and LaborChapter 5Musician LaborChapter 6Victims, Musicians and MetallicaPart V: Digital Distribution and SurveillanceChapter 7Distribution Then and NowChapter 8Watching Music ConsumptionPart VI: ConclusionBibliographyNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

David Arditi's well-timed book, iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Digital Era examines the spurious relationship between digital downloads and the proposed end of the commercial recording industry. During this period record labels executives, their representatives and the general media foretold demise of recorded music with the development of mp3 file format. We continue to face an unparalleled era of accelerated change. How music executives respond and adapt to new realities will determine the success of their organizations. This well researched book is highly recommended for artists and practitioners, especially executives who will inevitably face new challenges to the creation, production, distribution and consumption of recorded music.