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An Economic Approach to the Plagiarism of Music

  • Explores the economic analysis of plagiarism in music

  • Disentangles the economic, legal, ethical and social efficiency aspects of music plagiarism

  • Discusses key modern cases, in the post rock and roll era, from the viewpoint of law and economics

  • Debates ‘free for all’ proposals thoroughly in a way that has not yet been done

  • Focuses on the deep rooted eternal problems of the commodification of supposed originality in music


Part of the Cultural Economics & the Creative Economy book series (CECE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Samuel Cameron
    Pages 61-88
  3. Samuel Cameron
    Pages 89-122
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 123-141

About this book


This book is an economic analysis of plagiarism in music, focusing on social efficiency and questions of inequity in the revenue of authors/artists. The organisation into central chapters on the traditional literary aspect of composition and the technocratic problem of ‘sampling’ will help clarify disputes about social efficiency and equity. It will also be extremely helpful as an expository method where the text is used in courses on the music business.

These issues have been explored to a great extent in other areas of musical content—notably piracy, copying and streaming. Therefore it is extremely helpful to exclude consumer use of musical content from the discussion to focus solely on the production side. This book also looks at the policy options in terms of the welfare economics of policy analysis.


Music Plagiarism Economics of Music Economic model of production Property rights Social efficiency Composition plagiarism Sampling plagiarism Originality in music Rational choice economics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BradfordUK

About the authors

Samuel Cameron, former Professor of Economics, University of Bradford, UK, is currently retired from teaching.  He currently co-edits the Journal of Cultural Economics. He has published an econometrics textbook and other books in the field of cultural economics including Music in the Marketplace: A Social Economics Approach in 2015. He has edited volumes on the economics of music, the research agenda for cultural economics and leisure economics. He has also published over a hundred journal articles on a range of subjects and acted as an economic consultant for a number of bodies.

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