P Tagg’s website information:
Background and Copyright Issues

Updated 2016-11-10

Go to top of file WHY DO THESE WEB PAGES EXIST?

Six reasons

Reason 1 (professional).
Some people complain that they find my writings hard to get hold of. This website partially solves that problem.

Reason 2 (professional).
Other people, including students, produce some really good stuff that is difficult to get hold of. This website contributes in a small way to solving that problem.

Reason 3 (personal).
We are subjected to a lot of propaganda and disinformation via the dominant media which are owned by multinational corporate fat cats. This site provides the opportunity to spread other notions of the world we live in.

Reason 4 (both). It’s the 21st century and dead trees aren’t a good environmental idea. Besides, standing in front of a photocopier in a small room is not good for my health and it wastes a lot of time. I can also disseminate information quicker and cheaper if I use this website.

Reason 5 (ethical).
I believe that freedom of information should mean exactly what it says, in this case that information, ideas and knowledge should be freely available (like universal health care) to all, rich or poor, powerful or disempowered, wherever they live and whatever their situation. That’s why I don’t charge for any services available on this site.

Reason 6 (ethical). I regard consumerist propaganda (a.k.a. advertising) as a cultural, social and ideological scourge. I think it is essential to provide non-commercial sources of ideas and information. There is an unfortunate contradiction between reasons 5 and 6.

How do these web pages help solve the professional problem?

In order to make as many of my own texts as possible available, I have converted most of the articles I have published in English to online-readable formats. I have also converted several previously unpublished writings for purposes of online accessibility (See Online texts and Conditions of use).

Several key texts by other authors are also difficult to obtain (e.g. Franco Fabbri's early work on genre and style). I intend to make more such work more readily available by publishing it online. I also include important work by my own students.

Since published course literature is scarce for most of the courses I teach, and since I previously had to spend inordinate amounts of time in front of the photocopier, I have converted important handouts to web-readable format so that students can easily access such materials (See Courses).

Sometimes students turn in work that may be of interest outside those following, or teaching, one of my courses. It would be silly if this work was not available to a larger readership (See Student texts).

Many publishers steer clear of work containing quotations of music in notated form because [i] page laying is a time-consuming process, [ii] most of the examples quoted in work about popular music are under copyright whose clearance can involve horrendous amounts of time, work and money (See Copyright matters). It is, however, important that the results of musicological work in our area of studies be readily available for purposes of education and research.


Go to top of fileCOPYRIGHT ISSUES Creative Commons License   ... see also Conditions of use

Problems of music copyright in popular music studies, music an the moving image. etc. are a veritable minefield. Visitors are therefore asked to note the following.

  1. Although education and research materials appearing openly on these web pages were intended primarily for use by my students, anyone visiting this site is welcome to make us of those materials provided this site’s Conditions of use are observed.
  2. Copyright subsists in much of the material presented here.
  3. Written material on this site is copyrighted by either the author (normally through Creative Commons) or by both the author and the publisher.
  4. Some notated music examples associated with certain online texts are copyrighted by a third party and are used here solely for educational and research purposes. No financial profit whatsoever is derived from such citation, neither by myself nor by any body I may represent. These music examples may not be used for commercial ends.
  5. A few extracts of recorded music under copyright by others than myself, which are used in analysis, or which students need to access in order to fulfil course requirements, are stored as MP3 files in password-protected folders on this site. No financial gain whatsoever is derived from the presence of these MP3 files on this site, neither by myself nor by any body I may represent .

For one set of solutions to problems of quoting music in notated form, see MMMSP Inc.

For a more detailed discussion of conventional copyright law’s effects on research and education in popular music, see the folowing documents:

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I assume people come to this website for information and that they can read. I have minimised animation and tried to avoid unnecessary graphicsso that pages load faster, all in an effort to save both you and me time and money online. There is already enough clutter on the web! The ‘No Frills’ idea comes from the low-budget UK supermarket chain Kwik-Save.


Go to top of file Non-commercial and independent

I pay out of my own pocket to keep this website running. I'd rather do that than become dependent on income from sources whose activities I oppose or on those who don't like some of the things I have to say here: for example that advertising, like the capitalism it belongs to, sucks.

The reasons I don’t use FaceBook or similar arrangements are: [1] they include advertising; [2] they force everyone to join or sign up to their system; [3] they don't allow for my free book download service; [4] they don’t respect Internet privacy (see FaceSpace Blither-Blather).


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