Copyrighting Creativity: Creative Values, Cultural Heritage Institutions and Systems of Intellectual Property, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Copyrighting Creativity

Creative Values, Cultural Heritage Institutions and Systems of Intellectual Property, 1st Edition

Edited by Helle Porsdam


224 pages

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pub: 2015-07-28
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What is the relationship between creativity, cultural heritage institutions and copyright? Who owns culture and cultural heritage? The digital age has expanded the horizon of creative possibilities for artists and cultural institutions - what is the impact on legal regimes that were constructed for an analogue world? What are the tensions between the safeguarding of cultural heritage and the dissemination of knowledge about culture? Inspired by a three year research project involving leading European universities, this book explores the relationship between copyright and intellectual property, creativity and innovation, and cultural heritage institutions. Its contributors are scholars from both the humanities and the social sciences - from cultural studies to law - as well as cultural practitioners and representatives from cultural heritage institutions. They all share an interest in the contribution of intellectual property to the role of cultural institutions in making culture accessible and encouraging new creativity.


’For anyone pondering what the public mission of today's cultural heritage institutions should be, this volume offers a sweeping read. What binds the contributions is the critical reflection on the idea and role of copyright as regulator of cultural property and creativity. The varying perspectives taken ensure a rich analysis that surpasses the traditional legal and economic views.’ Mireille van Eechoud, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the Editor

Helle Porsdam is Professor of American Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities

Digital technologies are increasingly important to arts and humanities research, expanding the horizons of research methods in all aspects of data capture, investigation, analysis, modelling, presentation and dissemination. This series, one of the first and most highly regarded in the field, covers a wide range of disciplines and provides an authoritative reflection of the 'state of the art' in the application of computing and technology. The titles in this peer-reviewed series are critical reading not just for experts in digital humanities and technology issues, but for all scholars working in arts and humanities who need to understand the issues around digital research.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Museum Studies
LAW / Public