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Nov. 19 – Culture & Copyright 11/19/2012 Culture is a set of shared norms, practices & ideologies of a social group (see  slide for more definitions of “culture”). Law has changed in terms of how it protects culture. It gives writers, artists  etc. certain rights and protection. This however, leads culture to become  private property, instead of it being public. The idea behind copyrights is so  that people acknowledge that it’s your music/art. But who REALLY owns  music? The artist, or the public audience it was created for? It seems like the idea of what is “public” is getting smaller and smaller, while  the idea of what is “private” is getting bigger and bigger. Who owns legal rights to culture?? Some people argue that the law is completely unrealistic – “if soul music were  created today, it would be completely illegal!” “I got a woman” by Ray Charles was considered groundbreaking. Essentially,  however, it was just a rel
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