Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy
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Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy

Edited by Ruth Towse and Christian Handke

Digital technologies have transformed the way many creative works are generated, disseminated and used. They have made cultural products more accessible, challenged established business models and the copyright system, and blurred the boundary between producers and consumers. This unique resource presents an up-to-date overview of academic research on the impact of digitization in the creative sector of the economy.
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Chapter 24: Artists, Authors’ Rights and Copyright

KristÌn AtladottÌr, Martin Kretschmer and Ruth Towse


Artists, the primary creators of value-added in the chain of production in the cultural and creative industries, are the first in line for protection by authorsí rights and copyright law. ëArtistsí is used here as a broad, inclusive term for all kinds of initial creators of copyright works, that is, literary, musical and artistic works, and also performers of those works who have rights related to copyright. These people are always represented as beneficiaries of the rewards copyright brings, and those incentives are supposed to be essential to creativity. Artists and their representatives are often in the forefront of seeking greater protection of their rights even though economists and others have on occasion shown that that does not lead to better remuneration; nevertheless, they persist in believing in the power of artistsí rights and copyright to support them (Kretschmer et al., 2011). This chapter reviews empirical research that has been done on the economic and moral rights of artists and considers the impact of digitization on them.

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