Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?
Edited by Enrico Bonadio and Nicola Lucchi
Chapter 2: Copyright and conceptual art
This chapter, focusing on language as a signature style of conceptual art, argues that copyright law struggles to protect the artistic authorship inherent in text instructions used to communicate the work to those who execute its final visual form. Looking at the early works of Sol LeWitt, it will be contended that, irrespective of whether more traditional or progressive approaches to the legal definition of art are employed, more systemic forms of artistic production, particularly those that involve a literary to visual ‘translation’ of the work as part of that process of production, will currently struggle to be fully protected by copyright law.
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