The launch of this free, open access resource is the latest initiative to come from the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture at Westminster Law School that attempts to help musicians understand the music industry. The ‘Lost in Music’ project is playing on the idea that the music industry is an area in which it is easy to get ‘lost’, and aims to provide a pathway to help navigate and demystify the area, by providing accessible information and guidance. Visit the website for more information.
The launch was attended by a mix of students, lawyers, judges and musicians and proved very successful. In addition to talks on the genesis of the project and an outline of how the resource can be used in teaching and other activities, attendees were treated to a live performance by Simon Anderson (student on the Entertainment Law LLM, 2015) and his wife Emily of a new ‘You be the Judge’ exercise, an informative way to help understand where to draw the line with music plagiarism.
Whilst Lost in Music is currently a digital resource demystifying music plagiarism, we see it developing in a number of ways.
Firstly, there are various other areas that are also in need of aids to navigation. These include the various contracts that musicians often struggle with, other intellectual property issues such as sampling and performers’ rights, and key band issues such as the legal status of a band, who owns the name, who owns the logo and other such considerations.
Secondly, we hope to develop Lost in Music in more interactive ways, drawing on the work of our Law Clinic and using colleagues and other stakeholders to offer further opportunities to provide information on issues relating to the music industry. The team will be working on new funding bids over the academic year but in the meantime, please use the resource, log in, contribute and help us develop the site.