This chapter examines UK courts’ classification of artistic objects in land, heritage, tax and ecclesiastical law disputes. It does so in an effort to identify themes common to the classification of objects across this diverse sample of legal areas. In interrogating specific examples, the chapter shows that a number of common themes emerge: the relevance of the art object’s placement within a particular space and, the maintenance (typically) of a distinction between utility and aesthetic enjoyment as the primary means of classification. The application of these rules to works of art have implications beyond the parties involved in a dispute, affecting the broader community, or communities, that may have an interest in preserving these art objects in a particular location.
User generated content (UGC) may not be a novel form of creativity but it does present us with a conceptual category that has come to relatively recent, and sometimes spectacular, prominence because of the easy dissemination of such content online. UGC is ‘new’ in offering a primarily social approach to creative production. The copyright implications of UGC have been addressed within the literature largely in relation to the question of exceptions to infringement: this chapter considers the challenges which UGC poses to the operation of copyright rules regarding authorship and the subsistence of copyright.