Cultures of Visual Art Copyright: Artists - Authors - Aliens

Some observations from the margins of a concept of copyright

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Grischka Petri
In this video, Dr. Grischka Petri presents a paper that explores copyright in the visual arts and the appearance and progression of authorship in art history.
2015 April 28
The abstract provided by the author(s) of this work is as follows: Cultural aspects of copyright include different legal cultures and systems. Traditionally the Anglo-American copyright system is contrasted with the continental concept of author’s rights. Beyond these legally imprinted definitions, this paper endeavours to highlight some of those aspects of copyright, which rely on cultural, artistic and aesthetic conditions. Firstly, copyright in the visual arts differs considerably from the standard copyright model of texts in that it is closely connected to material culture. This relationship poses specific copyright problems in theory and practice. Secondly, copyright relies on the role of the author. Artists have defined this role autonomously, occasionally clashing with established norms, both legal and cultural. The question emerges whether traditional copyright needs alternatives to accommodate and protect cultural productions that betray its presumed foundations. Art history provides enlightening examples for a re-examination, some of which will be presented in this paper.
Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Forum Law as Culture
Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities
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Grischka Petri, “Cultures of Visual Art Copyright: Artists - Authors - Aliens,” Copyright Cortex, accessed February 17, 2020,