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Artistic LicenseThe Philosophical Problems of Copyright and Appropriation$
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Darren Hudson Hick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226460109

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226460383.001.0001

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Ontology, Copyright, and Artistic Practice

Ontology, Copyright, and Artistic Practice

(p.31) Two Ontology, Copyright, and Artistic Practice
Artistic License

Darren Hudson Hick

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the interrelation between art ontology, artistic practice, and the law—three domains, I argue, that can truly only be separated in the abstract. While copying is an artistic practice and an ontological topic, copyright is both a legal and moral one; and though the role of copying in artistic practice has evolved, many argue, copyright has failed to keep step, producing an imbalance that puts the law at odds with the domain it is meant to protect. Case studies include the copyright on Rodin’s bronzes, Biz Markie’s sampling in his song, “Alone Again,” and Cory Arcangel’s Clouds.

Keywords:   ontology, artistic practice, copyright, copies, law, Auguste Rodin, Biz Markie, Cory Arcangel

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