Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries
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Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries

Edited by Abbe E.L. Brown and Charlotte Waelde

The creative industries are becoming of increasing importance from economic, cultural, and social perspectives. This Handbook explores the relationship, whether positive or negative, between creative industries and intellectual property (IP) rights.
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Chapter 17: Performing arts: a study of dance

Charlotte Waelde and Sarah Whatley

Abstract

Dance is a small, important and thriving part of our creative economy, but one that has been little explored in the context of the relevance of the law of copyright and how it applies to the art-form. This chapter considers two case studies at the intersection of copyright and dance, which concern copyright authorship and ownership: InVisible Difference: Disability, Dance and Law, and the dispute that arose in 2011 between Beyoncé and Belgian choreographer Anne De Keersmaeker over the use of dance routines by Beyoncé in her Countdown video. These case studies will be analysed within broader developments taking place within the dance sector more generally most particularly in relation to digitization, and in response to our age of austerity and reduction in public funding for the arts.

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