No Copyright and no Cultural Conglomerates

New Opportunities for Artists

Authored by: Joost Smiers

The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415581691
eBook ISBN: 9780203841327
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897931


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Let us imagine that the system of copyright no longer existed: the practice of many artists would surely change considerably. It would not only have significant impact on the daily practice of artists and their entrepreneurs, but also, no doubt, on research. Such studies which consider, for example, how to use different sources of inspiration more freely; how to interrelate with audiences and possibly use their inputs; how to make judgements about quality; how to archive works that may change periodically; how to disseminate works in digital environments while maintaining, or not, an overview of their use; how to organize cultural enterprises in a world in which copyright no longer exists; and finally how creative and performing artists can make a decent living from their efforts.

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