Culturelink review, no. The Dossier of this issue of the Culturelink review will have a somewhat different format than usual. We have decided not to publish several individual texts but to offer you an insight into a recently published book by the Culturelink member Professor Joost Smiers from the Utrecht School of the Arts. Our colleague Joost Smiers has written an interesting book entitled Artistic Expression in a Corporate World: Do we need monopolistic control?
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About the book: If we recognize that copyright is unfeasible, and unjustifiable, what should our response be? Immediately comes to mind that copyright provides an investment protection to blockbusters, best sellers and stars. It distorts cultural markets and pushes a wide variety of cultural expressions out of sight.
At the same time, cultural conglomerates controlling copyright dominate cultural markets by owning the means of production, distribution, marketing and reception of cultural expressions. From the perspective of democracy and fair competition this type of market control is not to be tolerated. Thus, let us imagine what abolishing copyright would accomplish, while we do not hesitate cutting cultural conglomerates into many pieces.
The result is a level playing field in which many, and many more artists can make a decent living. And even more important effect would be the restoration of our public domain of creativity and knowledge. About the authors: Prof. His Arts Under Pressure. Promoting Cultural Diversity in the Age of Globalization has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Amsterdam. Marieke van Schijndel is a cultural scientist and MBA graduate.
She works in the cultural field in the Netherlands. She lives in Utrecht. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam ISBN: Free Hit Counter.
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