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[Nettime-nl] Smiers over IP
kees/ventana on Sun, 7 Oct 2001 12:39:26 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] Smiers over IP

Misschien al lang bekend, maar bij Le Monde Diplomatique heeft Joost Smiers
een stuk gepubliceerd dat uiteenzet hoe copyrights in de huidige vorm
vooral ten dienste staan van bedrijven die handelen in de 'intellectuele
produkten' en monopolisering van eigendom daarvan in de hand werken.

De Engelse vertaling van het stuk is integraal te vinden op:
Le Monde diplomatique


September 2001


Copyrights meant to reward artists for their creations are now
commercial products that pay most of their dividends to companies that trade in
We have to think of a new and fairer way to fund creativity.

 * Director of the Centre for Research at the Utrecht School of the
Arts, Netherlands. His works include Etat des lieux de la creation en
Europe. Le tissu dechire (L'Harmattan, Paris, 1999).



Huge cultural and news conglomerates cover our planet with their
satellite and cable systems. But it only makes sense to own the world's
information channels if you also hold the key to their content, and the
copyright of content constitutes property, legally speaking. There has been a
free-for-all in mergers, including those of AOL and Time Warner. The
risk is that soon a few companies will control all the intellectual property
rights to almost all artistic creations, past and present.

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