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Copyright and culture: A perspective on corporate power

Macmillan, F. (1998) Copyright and culture: A perspective on corporate power. Media and Arts Law Review, 3 (2). pp. 71-81.

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This article argues that the power which the media and entertainment conglomerates are able to exercise over what we see, read and hear has been built upon the edifice of copyright law. In particular, the commodification of the copyright interest and the wide distribution rights given to owners of copyright works under the Anglo-Saxon model of copyright law have facilitated the build up of corporate power. The article suggests that one consequence of the exercise of this power is the homogenisation of cultural output - a consequence which fundamentally undermines copyright law's cultural development function.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Melbourne Law School
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