‘Art and Copyright: what can we learn from the past?’

“Who does the modern law of copyright seek to protect? We are familiar today with the claim that artistic copyright protects artists and, perhaps, users of copyright works. Roll back 150 years, to the nineteenth century, and artistic copyright was also understood in a number of other ways, which are long forgotten today. For instance, painting copyright was also conceived as a law for regulating and restricting artists: a means of preventing artists from repeating their own work in the same medium, which might impair a collector’s financial investment in a unique physical art object …” (more)

[Emily Gould, Institute of Art and Law, 29 October]

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