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'No Man is an Island': Why the 'solitary genius' is too narrow an approach to creativity in a digital context

Larsson, Stefan LU (2012) In Linguaculture 3(2). p.117-125
Abstract
This article focuses on the perception of creativity found in copyright law, which conflicts with the ways in which creativity seems to develop in daily practice; the idea of a “solitary genius” is, thus, contrasted to that of a contextually and culturally dependent creator. Copyright is arguably too focused on the former image and fails to acknowledge or embrace the latter. In addition, the digital context which is also taken into account has contributed in many ways to broadening our views on creative practices and collective collaboration. The norm perspective found in the discipline of Sociology of Law, which constitutes the theoretical support for our analysis, is of relevance to understand creative practices in relation to law.... (More)
This article focuses on the perception of creativity found in copyright law, which conflicts with the ways in which creativity seems to develop in daily practice; the idea of a “solitary genius” is, thus, contrasted to that of a contextually and culturally dependent creator. Copyright is arguably too focused on the former image and fails to acknowledge or embrace the latter. In addition, the digital context which is also taken into account has contributed in many ways to broadening our views on creative practices and collective collaboration. The norm perspective found in the discipline of Sociology of Law, which constitutes the theoretical support for our analysis, is of relevance to understand creative practices in relation to law. Furthermore, it is used in order to highlight the ways in which many legal concepts have been both challenged as well as transformed and expanded in the attempts to regulate the digital domain, specifically. Finally, the analysis also demonstrates that new expressions and metaphors are formed in an attempt to grasp and capture the new social and creative practices in an online context, while traditional concepts may suffer a “conceptual lock-in.” (Less)
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The Iaşi Linguaculture Centre for (Inter)cultural and (Inter)lingual Research.
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  author       = {Larsson, Stefan},
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  keyword      = {copyright,digital,metaphors,creativity,norms},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {117--125},
  publisher    = {The Iaşi Linguaculture Centre for (Inter)cultural and (Inter)lingual Research.},
  series       = {Linguaculture},
  title        = {'No Man is an Island': Why the 'solitary genius' is too narrow an approach to creativity in a digital context},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2012},
}