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Artistic License: The Philosophical Problems of Copyright and Appropriation

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2017.11.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Darren Hudson Hick, Artistic License: The Philosophical Problems of Copyright and Appropriation, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 231pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780226460246. Reviewed by Brian Soucek, University of California, Davis Darren Hudson Hick is a rarity: a sophisticated philosopher of art who understands and cares about the law. His new book has a lot to teach philosophers about how the law both protects authors' rights and limits them, often to protect others who want to sample, quote, adapt, or appropriate existing works within their own. Philosophers of art who care about artistic practice can learn, not only from Hick's rich and varied examples, but also from his account of one of the great forces shaping that practice. Hick's account of copyright is sometimes descriptive, sometimes revisionary, and thus has something to teach lawyers as well. But deciding exactly what lessons the law, with its. . .

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