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Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity

The Third Paradigm

Giancarlo Frosio

Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity: The Third Paradigm examines the long history of creativity, from cave art to digital remix, in order to demonstrate a consistent disparity between the traditional cumulative mechanics of creativity and modern copyright policies. Giancarlo Frosio calls for the return of creativity to an inclusive process, so that the first (pre-modern imitative and collaborative model) and second (post-Romantic copyright model) creative paradigms can be reconciled into an emerging third paradigm which would be seen as a networked peer and user-based collaborative model.
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Chapter 7: Corporate-driven culture and cultural diversity

Giancarlo Frosio


Where the critique of the copyright system is reinforced by noting that copyright expansion and commodification of information may restrict freedom and diversity of speech, insofar as they encourage the centralization of information production and the homogenization of cultural outputs. Corporate-driven culture and the market have a tendency to shape users’ tastes, channel users’ demands, and over-produce low-quality intellectual products. The effects of this system on cultural diversity can be stark. Several case studies show that copyright law allows mainstream information producers to repackage – and secure copyright protection for – minority culture, often appropriated in a disparaging fashion. The present system empowers the distributors to filter the discourse between authors and public while discouraging the reuse of creative expressions.

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