1st Edition

Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value Incorporating the Author

By Kathy Bowrey Copyright 2021
    228 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the publishing, film and music industries are dominated by Big Media conglomerates, there is often recourse to simplistic ideological and conspiratorial readings of industry dynamics. Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value: Incorporating the Author explains why copyright is much more than a creator’s private property right or a mechanism through which corporations control cultural production and influence mass consumption choices.

    The volume is grounded in extensive, painstakingly detailed and colourful original archival research into business histories of major successful artists including Conan Doyle, Hall Caine, Margaret Atwood, Dame Nellie Melba, Radiohead and Banksy, and the industries and genres that grew up around their activities. Chapters address big questions about how copyright generates income and how distributions of profits are allocated in the publishing, film and music industries. It includes discussion of the creation of new formats, the interplay between old media and new technologies, international copyright reform and cross-industry relations.

    Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value is a wide-ranging and important resource for students and practitioners of law and policy, media studies, cultural studies and literary history.

    1. What Is The Significance Of Authorship In Copyright?  2. Revisiting Author Theory In The Domain Of Law  3. A Tale Of Three Literary Copyrights   4. Imperial Copyright And Its Costs  5. Print Capitalism Meets Hollywood. The Work Of Industrial Authorship  6. Why Does A Gramophone Maker Deserve A Copyright? The Role Of Celebrity, Women And Consumer Markets In The Recording Industry.  7. Why Margaret Atwood, Radiohead And Bansky Are Not Anti-Copyright


    Kathy Bowrey is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW, Sydney. She is a legal historian and socio-legal researcher whose research explores laws and practices that inform knowledge creation and the production, distribution and reception of technology and culture.

    Winner of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society’s Annual Prize in Legal History, 2022

    Recipient of an Honorable Mention at the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia's Penny Pether Prize 2021.

    'Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value is a wide-ranging work of immense erudition and archival research, combining several historical studies of the ‘incorporation’ of the author in different sectors of the ‘creative industries’.'

    Jane C Ginsburg, Sydney Law Review