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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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The Myth of Unoriginality

The Myth of Unoriginality

(p.49) Three The Myth of Unoriginality
Artistic License

Darren Hudson Hick

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on one of the fundamental notions central to copyright—originality—which has been the subject of prolonged skepticism in a number of arenas. In the chapter, I focus on and work to dissolve claims of what we might call “originality deniers”—those who contend that the notion of originality in art (and as required for copyright law) is an unfounded myth.

Keywords:   originality, death of the author, genius, sweat-of-the-brow, merger doctrine

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