The European University Institute (EUI) has published “Can online music platforms be fair? An interdisciplinary research manifesto” in its Working Paper series, available in open access. The article explores the intricate relationship between authors’ rights, social media, music streaming services, and algorithms, shedding light on the evolving European music industry. The piece is also forthcoming in Springer’s International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC) in February 2024.
The research manifesto draws upon the dematerialisation of the music industry to emphasise the role of proprietary algorithms in organizing and making creative works available to the public. The paper examines the multi-faceted concept of ‘fairness’ in digital markets – a focal point in today’s EU policy discussions, in several fields – proposing new criteria and methodologies to assess the impact of current business models on cultural and creative industries.
Advocating for an interdisciplinary approach, the authors of Fair MusE’s manifesto argue that a comprehensive analysis of fairness, especially regarding content creators’ remuneration, requires collaboration across political science, law, economics, and computer science. The manifesto outlines a meticulous research plan spanning several disciplinary hubs, whose coordinated work and final merger will lead to Fair MusE’s ‘key exploitable results’ for Horizon Europe .
As the digital era is transforming the music sector, Fair MusE invites researchers, policymakers, the music business community and music enthusiasts to join the movement for a fair treatment of art and culture in digital Europe. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, the project and its manifesto strive to ensure a harmonious and equitable future for a very broad array of music composers, performers, intermediaries and consumers.
Read the Manifesto: https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/76098
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