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Copyright, Culture and Private Power

By Fiona Macmillan

Abstract

This article considers how copyright serves concepts of culture and development. It suggests that copyright's role in relation to culture is best characterised as instrumental rather than fundamental. An indicator of this instrumental approach is the commodification of the copyright interest. The article argues that this commodification has been used by corporate interests to build an edifice of private power. The end result of this private power over cultural output is the global homogenisation of that output.copyright, corporate power, culture, development, trade,

DOI identifier: 10.1080/08109029808629284
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