Congratulations to David Arditi for publishing his first book, iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Digital Era. Dr. Arditi graduated from our program in 2012 and worked with Paul Smith, Tim Gibson, and Char Miller. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.
To learn more about iTake-Over, check out Dr. Arditi’s blog. Here is an excerpt describing his book:
iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Digital Era sheds light on the way large corporations appropriate new technologies related to recording and distribution of audio material to maintain their market dominance in a capitalist system. All too commonly, scholars have asserted confidently, how the rise and reign of digital music has diminished the power of major record labels. In iTake-Over, David Arditi argues otherwise, adopting a broader perspective by examining how the recording industry has strengthened copyright laws for their corporate ends at the expense of the broader public good, which has traditionally depended on the safe harbor of fair use. Arditi also challenges the dominant discourse over digital music distribution, which has largely adopted the position that the recording industry has a legitimate claim to profitability at the detriment of a shared culture.
January 17, 2015