Creativity, Circulation and Copyright: Sonic and Visual Media in the Digital Age

28-29 March 2014
University of Cambridge

Over the past two decades, digital technologies have fundamentally altered the ways that musical and audiovisual media are created, circulated and received. As musical and audiovisual content has been made available in multiple formats through a variety of media platforms, there has been a multifaceted convergence of visual and sonic media, of production and consumption, and of corporate and grassroots artistic endeavours. Creators, promoters and audiences have responded in a variety of ways to the new challenges and opportunities. And, at the same times as media industries’ adaptive strategies are shifting users’ expectations and experience of audio-visual content, participatory use is constantly stretching and testing the legal frameworks of copyright law.

The Conference ‘Creativity, Circulation and Copyright’ aims to further interdisciplinary discussion of the relationship between the aesthetics, ethics and legal implications of new digital technologies through exploring several themes relating to the ways musical and audiovisual media are created, received and interpreted in the digital age.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars across disciplines, particularly in relation to the following themes:

– Aesthetics and creativity in the digital age
– Shifting modes of reception and experience of digital audiovisual media
– Digital formats and changing copyright regime
– Self-fashioning and community-building through digital media

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