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Copyright and conceptual art

Burke, Shane ORCID: 2018. Copyright and conceptual art. Bonadio, Enrico and Lucchi, Nicola, eds. Non-Conventional Copyright: Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 44-61. (10.4337/9781786434074.00010)

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This chapter focuses on language as a signature style of conceptual art and how copyright law struggles to protect the artistic authorship inherent in text instructions. It primarily focuses on the early works of Sol LeWitt and seeks to argue 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 struggle to be protected by copyright law.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Publisher: Edward Elgar
ISBN: 9781786434067
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 09:53

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