Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 12-6-2017

Faculty Advisor(s)

Jessica Sternfeld


This project examines how current copyright laws and digital distribution practices in music can be improved for both the creator and the consumer. The laws that govern our digital atmosphere, and thus a large portion of music distribution, are outdated and cause a wide variety of problems for both artists and fans. To create a comprehensive picture and establish the scope of this problem, I start by outlining the process a song goes through from when it is written to when it is in the hands, or rather ears, of listeners. From there, copyright laws are entwined with this process. It is important to acknowledge copyright was designed as a balance between copyright-holders and the public, not just one party. Next, I examine what problems arise from this series of transactions, such as loss of information and piracy. Many scholars have commented on the inefficiencies of our current legal state, but I seek to connect these problems to evolving solutions that are practical for here and now. How can emerging technologies (such as blockchain) and changes in policy make the process more transparent? I seek to educate readers on the intricacies of copyright, highlight pitfalls of our modern structure, and connect these problems to unfolding solutions.


Presented at the Fall 2017 Student Research Day at Chapman University.