Korea Project Seminar: What is the Reality of Copyrights in Cultural Industries?

June 22 2017
Venue: ECIPE Office, Avenue des Arts 40, 6th floor, 1040 Brussels
Speakers: Patrick Messerlin, Jimmyn Parc, Stephen Ranger
Time: 15:00

ECIPE - Korea Project Discussion Series on Cultural Industries

What kind of future is there for Europe’s cultural industries? Seeking to answer this question, the ECIPE-Korea Project on Cultural Industries will be organizing a series of discussions on the economic and business aspects of culture. It will seek to compare the cultural industries in Europe and East Asia in order to provide interesting lessons on the most effective ways in which to promote culture and enhance the competitiveness of these industries. The format for the three seminars will consist of the Korea Project’s members presenting their studies and identifying their relevance for the current debates on the future direction of cultural industries in Europe. Following this, participants will be invited to share their views in an informal setting designed to encourage open and free discussion. Although the studies presented adopt a business and economic approach, their ultimate goal is to enhance true “culture friendly” policies to achieve real cultural diversity in Europe.

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The issue of copyrights has become a contentious topic recently. In this regard, to what extent does the current copyright regime protect an author’s income and at the same time increase cultural creativity? Copyrights were allegedly designed to ensure these objectives. However, today’s reality is different, and the emergence of the Internet and digital technology has added its own debate over the function and relevance of copyrights. This session begins by examining copyrights during the period before the introduction of the Internet in order to clarify the fundamental problems which continue to this day. Next, it examines a specific case, sampling within hip hop and its related copyright issues, which offers a different way to look at these matters. In other words, reform of the copyrights regime may be needed in order to improve the function of today’s post-internet copyrights.