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Copyright, Culture and Private Power

Macmillan, F. (1998) Copyright, Culture and Private Power. Prometheus, 16 (3). pp. 305-316.

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This article considers how copyright serves concepts of culture and development. It suggests that copyright's role in relation to culture is best characterised as instrumental rather than fundamental. An indicator of this instrumental approach is the commodification of the copyright interest. The article argues that this commodification has been used by corporate interests to build an edifice of private power. The end result of this private power over cultural output is the global homogenisation of that output.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
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