Per un campo di dibattito interdisciplinare: a proposito del ruolo dell’esperienza estetica nella giurisprudenza riguardante il copyright PDF Print Email

Frédéric Döhl


The question of plagiarism in music (as in arts in general) offers an eminent field for interdisciplinary research and where not much dialogue is in place at the moment. A possible starting-point is the question of judgment about music and the role of aesthetic experience in it. Philosophical aesthetics, law and musicology (as other fields like neuroesthetics, sociology etc.) have this question in common, albeit their many differences in approach, methodology, nomenclature etc. This papers aims to point out that courts while deciding if a musical work is a plagiarism of another musical work do not base their judgments on the ontological, quasi objective qualities of the works they have to compare but on the overall impression of qualified listeners by hearing. In doing so, this paper wants to raise the question how the concepts of aesthetic experience and overall impression by hearing are related.


Frédéric Döhl currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in a musicological project at the Collaborative Research Centre 626 “Aesthethic experience and the dissolution of artistic limits” at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. He also works as a copyright lawyer for a law firm in Berlin. Current challenges to the idea of copyright are main field of his research activities.


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