Music Ownernship in Today's World

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As early as one can imagine, man has been stealing ideas and concepts from other humans. Whether for financial standings, self-gratitude, or social benefits people have stolen. This trend of stealing isn’t a thing of the past, even today people steal from others. In 1710 things began to change, Britain instituted the Statute of Anne as a safeguard for authors against publishers and other thieves (Copyright). The Statute was the basis of the U.S. Copyright Office in use today. However, it’s umbrella of protection has grown immensely. It no longer just covers periodicals and books, but also music, film, and many other types of media. The domain of music ownership is by far the most controversial in modern day life though. New technologies have both broadened and torn at the very foundation of copyright laws. There is only one question that society should be focusing on now though; who owns music, corporations, artists, or the people?         When one thinks of music the first thing to come to mind are rolling harmonies and flying melodies, that or booming bass; all are created by artists, one by themself or many together.

However, to create their music they need sign a contract with a music label for proper funding and cd production possibilities. These contracts work as a trade off, the artist gets to make their music using corporate money, and the corporation uses the music as they see fit. When new music is made the corporations immediately get a copyright to protect it from other individuals trying to steal ideas in the music, such as a guitar riff or lyrics. This causes a problem though, it creates a logical quagmire between the corporation and the artist. Who really owns the music created by the artist, the creator or the corporation? One would...