Friday, September 12, 2008

Arts Unchained

At Vanderbilt University, Bill Ivey (at left) is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a former director of the Country Music Foundation and twice chairman of NARAS. Now, he leads the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy. In his new book, Arts, Inc., Ivey decries, among other things, that government, "as our agent, long ago ceded far too much authority over our creativity and heritage to a web of commercial interests." This is just the latest evidence of rising global awareness of the value of both creativity and the ownership of creative output. This came to mind when I spotted Microsoft's news this morning out of Amsterdam, where the company is unveiling a host of content-creation and -management tools with enormous implications for origination and preservation of intellectual property. Resources: Creative Commons. Electronic Frontier.

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