THE CHANGING SOCIAL ECONOMY OF ART, ARE THE ARTS BECOMING LESS EXCLUSIVE?

By Hans Abbing

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Respect for art is high, also among those who do not consume serious art, though subsidy cuts testify of a decreasing respect for the “serious arts”. In spite of cuts, the so-called “excellent art”, like the very costly performances of certain high-end opera companies, continues to receive much public support —support of which almost exclusively well-to-do people profit. The performances are sometimes innovative, but not more than most of the less costly performances.

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WHAT IS COPYRIGHT GOOD FOR?

By Ruth Towse

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What are the relative roles of copyright law and market forces, especially when they are altered by disruptive technologies? The paper takes an historical approach to the development of music publishing viewed through the lens of present day issues, in particular the impact of digitisation in the creative industries.

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