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We recently received the following email. If you are able to help please reply to R.Ghaffrinik@ljmu.ac.uk
My name is Roksana Ghaffrinik; I am a postgraduate law student at Queen Mary University of London and also a Research Assistant at Liverpool John Moores University.
We are interested in hearing how folk musicians want their music protected. Our research is from an intellectual property point of view, however we want to know how artists feel about their options in protecting their music, especially now with digital revolution. The paper and the book which this research will be used for will be written by Richard Jones [reader in law] at Liverpool John Moores University.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.
Many Thanks Again,
Artist interview questions:
1. a) What proportion of your set/repertoire is made up of traditional songs?
1 b) When performing these songs do you use your own arrangement, a traditional arrangement or someone else's?
1 c) If you use your own arrangement have you considered protecting this and your performance through copyright? How would you protect your copyright?
1 d)Are you happy for this arrangement or performance to be copied?
1 e) If you use someone else's do you consider that they have rights over that?
2a) Do you compose your own music?
2b) If so how are you influenced by traditional songs? Do you use similar lyrics, similar tunes, similar style?
3) As a folk artist do you perceive the internet as a positive medium to distribute your music, or as a tool for other individuals to exploit your creations?
4a) Have you ever heard of the Creative Commons licence?
4 b) If yes, have you ever considered using the licence?
4 c) Do you see this as an adequate form of protection?
5) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
'Some believe that traditional/folk music should not be protected under "private law" as the objective of this music is somehow different. Their purpose is not to stop others from using, singing or adding to the song. Consequently this music should be protected under laws that can protect its roots and heritage.'
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