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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter examines the circulation of music recordings in Indian marketplaces. It discusses the ostensibly illegitimate mobility of music and offers a critical examination of the official discourses on piracy from the trade group responsible for restricting the absolute mobility of music recordings. Based upon an anthropological perspective of material culture and social reproduction, it describes three modes of pirate circulation and provides ethnographic examples that illustrate the overlap between formal and informal economies in the marketplace.

Keywords: music piracy, India, music industry, music recordings, transactions, material culture, social reproduction, music stores, music commodities

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