Copyright and creativity: An ongoing debate in the creative industries

Flew, Terry (2015) Copyright and creativity: An ongoing debate in the creative industries. International Journal of Cultural Creative Industries, 2(3), pp. 4-17.

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This paper critically analyzes the divergent perspectives on how copyright and intellectual property laws impact creativity, innovation, and the creative industries. One perspective defines the creative industries based on copyright as the means by which revenues are generated from innovation and the dissemination of new ideas. At the same time, it has been argued that copyright and intellectual property regimes fetter creativity and innovation, and that this has become even more marked in the context of digital media convergence and the networked global creative economy. These issues have resonated in debates around the creative industries, particularly since the initial DCMS mapping study in the UK in 1998 defined creative industries as combining individual creativity and exploitable forms of intellectual property. The issue of competing claims for the relationship between copyright and the creative industries has also arisen in Australia, with a report by the Australian Law Reform Commission entitled Copyright and the Digital Economy. This paper will consider the competing claims surrounding copyright and the creative industries, and the implications for policy-makers internationally.

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ID Code: 86117
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: copyright, creative industries, fair use, innovation, digital economy, creative economy, Australian Law Reform Commission
ISSN: 2311-9527
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Terry Flew.
Copyright Statement: The copyright of every article published in the International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries will be reserved by its author(s) and the journal holds the right for the first publication. All materials are available online and, unless explicitly stated, will be free for educational and non-commercial use.
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2015 23:41
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 05:09

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