Is online streaming akin to radio, a digital download, or a derived hybrid? An evaluation of the rights of musicians and music creators in a changing digital music consumption landscape

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Project Description

Music makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. In recent years, mass adoption of streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple music, by consumers has changed the digital music consumption landscape. Musicians (performers) and music creators (composers and songwriters) are key stakeholders in this sector and their legal rights directly depend on how ‘online streaming’ is understood and classified. This research project examines the development, role, and place of online streaming services, and related flow of streaming revenues, with the objective of evaluating if the legal framework for rights of musicians and music creators remains fit for purpose.


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‌Student Name

Desmond Agyekumhene

Academic History

2013-2015, Global Public Health and Policy (MSc)

2007-2010, Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)


Dr Smita Kheira, University of Edinburgh

Contact Details

University of Edinburgh Law School, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

First published: 3 October 2017