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Are music recording contracts equitable? An economic analysis of the practice of recoupment

Papadopoulos, Theo (2004) Are music recording contracts equitable? An economic analysis of the practice of recoupment. Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association Journal, 4 (1). pp. 83-104. ISSN 1559-7334

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Abstract

This paper investigates the economic principles that underpin the contractual and financial relationship established in a recording contract, and in particular, the risk and return that each party to the investment is exposed. This analysis provides a pictorial view of sales volumes at which a record company achieves breakeven point and artists become recouped. This exploration of the underlying economic relationships facilitates a more informed assessment of the equity of the practice of recoupment. A range of recoupment structures are investigated and income shares are compared beyond the breakeven and recoupment sales volumes for the record company and artist respectively. A consequential benefit is the insight provided into the cost structure and pricing strategies of record companies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: music recording industry, recording contract, physical property characteristics, intellectual property characteristics, volume of sales, Recording Artist Coalition, RAC
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 340000 Economics
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 01:24
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2012 01:24
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1247
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