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Imagine There Is No Copyright and No Cultural Conglomorates Too…

Released by gagar on 21. October 2010 at 16:09:17GMT [Report Bad Release]
Product Homepage: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/theoryondemand/titles/no04-imagine-there-are-is-no-copyright-and-no-cultural-conglomorates-too/
 
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If we recognise 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, and that 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 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 importantly: a restoration of our public domain of creativity and knowledge.
PDF file containing 82 pages, published under Creative Commons By-Nc-Nd 3.0 Netherlands License.
Authors: Joost Smiers and Marieke van Schijndel, translation from Dutch: Rosalind Buck.

A translation in French is being worked on and will probably be released under CC Zero.
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