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Conferences / Theme Symposium

A New Cultural Economy Symposium II

Media, Fans and Copyright

05.09. | 15:00 - 18:00


Over the last century, we have seen the development of mass media which enabled a commoditization of media. While the production and distribution costs were high, this system allowed corporations to invest in and recoup these costs by creating huge consumer markets for “content”.

Folk art, music, literature and journalism shifted from local word-of-mouth networks to assets owned and distributed by corporate interests. This shift of ownership from individuals to corporations has caused corporations to force government to lengthen the terms and strength of copyright and enhance their ability to control their content and limit the ability of outsiders to participate in the production and distribution of media. The Internet has dramatically reduced the cost and production and distribution of media and a new age of amateur content, remix and sharing is emerging. In this session, we will discuss the tensions that this new participatory media is causing with existing media businesses in the context of the history of remix, appropriation and piracy that has driven creativity in the past. We will also discuss the role of the “fan” in the distribution and development of conventional media.

15:00 – 15:40 Thomas Macho (AT)

15:40 – 16:15 Panel: Thomas Macho (AT), Markus Wissen (DE), Volker Grassmuck (DE)

16:15 – 16:30 break

16:30 – 16:55 Paul Keller (NL)

16:55 – 17:30 Gerd Leonhard (CH)

17:30 – 18:00 Panel / Discussion

Moderated by: Thomas Macho (DE)


All Dates:

05.09. 15:00 - 18:00

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