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Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture by David Throsby, Victor A. Ginsburgh

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Chapter 16

Cultural Diversity, Copyright, and International Trade

Fiona Macmillan,    University of London, Greater London, UK,    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

Abstract

This chapter argues that the international copyright system, which is now embedded in the international trading system as a consequence of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement), has operated at least in relation to some types of copyright-protected cultural goods and services (as defined in the 2005 UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions) as a fetter on cultural diversity and self-determination. ...

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