Copyright and the profession of the author.

Ramdarshan Bold, Melanie (2009) Copyright and the profession of the author. In: 7th International Conference on the Book, 16th-18th October 2009, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland. (Unpublished)

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There has been much formative work on the origins of the economy of authorship, focusing on the evolution of copyright laws and their effect on the position of the author. Previous studies have examined the role of the patron, the industrialisation of writing and the professionalisation of authorship, and the advent of literary agents. This paper builds on the models and concepts derived from these studies and extends them into the last fifty years. It outlines the changing nature of authorship over that time with particular reference to the different ways in which authors have derived income over the years, including from the ‘new’ technologies such as film and television and the ‘newer’ technologies such as web-based dissemination. It evaluates the appropriateness of existing models and concepts and, through a survey of contemporary authors, offers a perspective on the role of copyright in defining contemporary authorship particularly in the contexts of digital media and of globalisation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Copyright; authorship; literary agent; digital media; globalisation
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 340 Law
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Item ID: 3731
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 14:20
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 16:19

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