The IPKat has received an email telling him about a new exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London that may be of interest to IP lawyers and enthusiasts. The exhibition features work from a range of artists who have contributed to copy-art.net. The organisers say:
Copy-art.net is a copyright-free website, a curatorial project that aims to create an online platform to exchange works between artists, curators and the public and give the audience free access to works of art. This project intends to challenge the idea of intellectual property and test its limits in a copyright-free zone. Submitted works can be downloaded, changed, distributed, exhibited and used by all visitors for free. All submitted works will be present online in an archive, and available to the public to access. Only commercial use is excluded, as all works are registered with Creative Commons under a non-commercial licence.There is also a talk to accompany the exhibition, given by the founder and curator of copy-art.net which is taking place this Thursday at 6.30pm at the ICA.
Although the IPKat likes the idea of free access to art works in theory, he’s not sure how in practice such a scheme can incentivise all but the most altruistic artists to produce art. However, he’s all for the idea of setting up an experiment to see how such a scheme works and he’s willing to have his conceptions on this issue challenged by the right evidence.
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