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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
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Law, Art and the Commons

ISBN13: 9781138697546
Published: October 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

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The concept of the cultural commons has become increasingly important for legal studies. Within this field, however, it is a contested concept: at once presented as a sphere for creativity, democratic access and freedom of speech, and as one that denies property rights and misappropriates the public domain. In this book, Merima Bruncevic takes up the cultural commons not merely as an abstract notion, but in its connection to physical spaces such as museums and libraries.

A legal cultural commons can, she argues, be envisioned as a "lawscape "that can quite literally be entered and engaged with. Focusing largely on art" "in the context of the copyright regime, but also addressing a number of cultural heritage issues, the book draws on the work of Deleuze and Guattari in order to examine the realm of the commons as a potential space for overcoming the dichotomy between the owner and the consumer of culture. Challenging this dichotomy, it is the productive and creative potential of law itself that is elicited through the book s approach to the commons as the empirical basis for a new legal framework, which is able to accommodate a multitude of interests and values.

Art and Cultural Heritage Law
Volume I: (Re)Imaginations
Part 1: Law
Chapter 1: Enter: From Landscape to Lawscape
Chapter 2: Rhizomatic Jurisprudence: Terra Firma and Terra incognita
Part 2: Art
Chapter 3: Artwork: From object to hyperobject
Chapter 4: Case studies: The Contested Spaces
Volume II: (Re)Constructions
Part 3: Commons
Chapter 5: Commons: Being(s)-in-Common
Chapter 6: Intellectual Property Law: Commons and Schizophrenic Capitalism
Part 4: Legal Commons
Chapter 7: Ownership: Possessed
Chapter 8: Exit: Atmosphere