Copyright and cultural work: an exploration

Schlesinger, P. and Waelde, C. (2012) Copyright and cultural work: an exploration. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 25(1), pp. 11-28. (doi:10.1080/13511610.2012.655575)

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This article first discusses the contemporary debate on cultural “creativity” and the economy. Second, it considers the current state of UK copyright law and how it relates to cultural work. Third, based on empirical research on British dancers and musicians, an analysis of precarious cultural work is presented. A major focus is how those who follow their art by way of “portfolio” work handle their rights in ways that diverge significantly from the current simplistic assumptions of law and cultural policy. Our conclusions underline the distance between present top-down conceptions of what drives production in the cultural field and the actual practice of dancers and musicians.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Special Issue: What future the social sciences? – Festschrift to celebrate 25 years of innovation – The European Journal of Social Science Research
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Waelde, Prof Charlotte and Schlesinger, Professor Philip
Authors: Schlesinger, P., and Waelde, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-8412
Published Online:22 February 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright @ 2012 ICCR Foundation
First Published:First published in Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 25 (1):11-28
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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