Creative Industries and Copyright: Research into Collaborative Artistic Practices in Dance

Karen Wood, Mathilde Pavis

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    This chapter discusses the concepts of authorship and ownership of works made through collaboration in the performing arts. Focusing on the making of dance, the authors compare understandings of collaboration, authorship and ownership between dance and the law (copyright). Collaboration emerges as a key component of contemporary dance but one which is poorly framed in the law. The chapter explores how the artists see themselves as ‘authors’ and ‘owners’ of the work and what their particular challenges are in the context of their professional dance practice. The discussion draws on the findings of empirical research carried about by the AHRC-funded project ‘InVisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law’ (2013-2015) in which dance expert (Wood) and law specialist (Pavis) were involved. Working with professional disabled choreographers, the project investigated how legal frameworks supported (or not) the making of dance by these artists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationArtistic Research in Performance through Collaboration
    EditorsMartin Blain, Helen Julia Minors
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-38599-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-38598-9
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2020

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    • dance
    • Disability
    • Authorship
    • Ownership
    • Law
    • Copyright


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