Is “copy” content? Are songs “literature?”


I recently saw a headline in an industry journal that read don’t mistake copy for content.

So I was also equally intrigued by Bob Dylan’s remarks delivered at his Nobel banquet in Stockholm last December, asking the question are my songs literature?

Dylan said “If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest idea of winning the Nobel prize, I would have to think that I’d have about the same odds as standing on the moon. I’m too often occupied with the pursuit of my creative endeavors and dealing with all aspects of life’s mundane matters to ask who are the best musicians for this song, am I recording in the right studio, is this song in the right key, some things never change even in 400 years. I bet it was the furthest thing from Shakespeare’s mind when he was writing Hamlet.”

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