Teaching Cultural Economics
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Teaching Cultural Economics

Edited by Trine Bille, Anna Mignosa and Ruth Towse

Teaching Cultural Economics is the first book of its kind to offer inspiration and guidance for teaching cultural economics through short chapters, a wide scope of knowledge and teaching cases by experienced teachers who are expert in the topic.
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Chapter 18: Creators and performers earnings from copyright

Ruth Towse

Abstract

Copyright protects the work of creators and performers from being copied without their permission, enabling them to control its use and so to require payment for it. What that payment is – usually a royalty – depends upon conditions in the market in which it is used. The chapter discusses the outcome in terms of income from copyright, using evidence from one of the early surveys of copyright earnings, and shows how the results can be presented using the Lorenz curve to demonstrate both low and also how unequal earnings are.

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