100 Jahre Copyright
100 Years of Now Library
Editors: Detlef Diederichsen and Lina Brion
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
391 pages, German
Price: 20 €
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A fierce battle is currently raging over copyrights: On the one side are all those who built their business models around rights utilization – publishers, labels and production companies; on the other are the representatives of the digital economy – telecommunications companies, web service providers, software and hardware producers. The victims of this dispute are creative people, who are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living from their work because the legal basis for generating their income originated in the pre-digital era. But it also affects consumers and thus the entire society since these conditions are not exactly conducive for the creation of high-quality cultural assets. The volume 100 Jahre Copyright (100 Years of Copyright) examines the evolution of copyright since the emergence of the cultural industry and discusses various concepts used around the world to protect and promote artistic creativity. With contributions on the situation in the USA, Germany, Jamaica, Great Britain, India, and Kenya by Monika Dommann, Mat Dryhurst, Martin Kretschmer, Toni Lester, Jessica Litman, Larissa K. Mann, Aram Sinnreich, Ravi Sundaram among other.