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121112NO MORE BESTSELLERS

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  • 1. No More BestsellersBy Joost Smiers “The present copyright system is beneficial for a few best-selling artistswhile providing no benefits at all for most creative professionals.”
  • 2. Privatization of common knowledge• Knowledge cultivated over centuries• Farmers in India VS Monsanto This worries the author because…
  • 3. Essentially, any public knowledge
  • 4. Can be slightly modified
  • 5. Privatized, denying access to the rest
  • 6. …Well, except for pay
  • 7. Should the latest modifier be given absoluterights of ownership, especially if this knowledgeis necessary for further development?- Currently, only the best sellers are benefitting
  • 8. If we abandon Copyright:• More artists will earn more easily• Resources of production, distribution and promotion should have many owners• Free database of knowledge• Audience should make their own choice from “a wide variety of cultural expressions”
  • 9. How to abandon Copyright? • Cultural Entrepreneur • Takes risks in a chosen field • Field bears similarities to any other business • Be capable of staying one step ahead of the competition
  • 10. 2 Controlling MarketsCopyright law Monopolization• Total control by • Limited number of best sellers “conglomerates”• Good investment • Yet, a strong grip: – Production, Distribution, Promotion protection – Films• Disrupts cultural – Music diversity – Books – Design – Visual Arts
  • 11. Is it possible to achieve an environment in whichno single party is able to control or influence themarket?Will cultural entrepreneurs be able tosuccessfully participate without being pushedaside?
  • 12. GIANTS – copyright holders• Determine whether, how, where a work should be used• What should be acceptable• Atmosphere
  • 13. Proposal for a New Market1. Scrap Copyright2. Ensure no further market dominationSimultaneously!
  • 14. Abolishing copyright…• No more investments for only the privileged  No more epic films! - Maybe a loss, maybe not (無責任)• Historically genres have been replaced - People will get used to change• Values cultural diversity more
  • 15. Normalizing market conditions“What we see, hear and read contributesextensively to the forming of our identities, inthe plural. It cannot be stressed enough thatthere should therefore be many, manyenterprises in the cultural field; instead of beingpushed away from public attention byexcessively strong forces, they should be able tooffer their cultural wares from totally differentperspectives.”
  • 16. Consequences• No more monopolists  medium-sized, small• Investigation against excessive domination• Equal distribution of assets• Many cultural entrepreneurs can take more risks, serve more needs• Create new needs• ‘Well-sellers’
  • 17. Free-riders?• Artists and entrepreneurs add their value• No one can steal, control and promote as easily• Sure, another company - or ten, twenty, forty will try to reproduce sameworkBut who will want to invest in something so easilyreplicable?
  • 18. Other benefits• Reduce income gap between artists• Activities become profitable  worth investment• Stability• 2008: Serving the common good• Markets don’t self-regulate, need to be organized to serve a broader spectrum of interests