It’s January, so it must be time for the annual celebration of the value of the UK’s creative industries.
The UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £84.1 billion to the UK economy, figures published today reveal.
British films, music, video games, crafts and publishing are taking a lead role in driving the UK’s economic recovery, according to the latest Government statistics.
Strange (as always) to mention the creative activities with some kind of cultural or artistic bent, but not to flag up the ‘creative’ sector which accounts for almost half of that £84.1bn figure – ‘IT, Software and Computer Services’.
Every time Disney’s copyright on Mickey Mouse is about to expire, the law magically changes.
Mickey’s expiration date has been nudged forward from 1984 to 2003 to 2023 – a copyright term of 95 years. Will copyright last for over a century by the time Mickey’s next deadline arrives? More at Priceonomics.
Does digital reproduction drive down the cost of all cultural content to zero? Are artists doomed to penury in the 21st century? Steven Johnson in the New York Times Magazine suggests not:
Writers, performers, directors and even musicians report their economic fortunes to be similar to those of their counterparts 15 years ago, and in many cases they have improved. Against all odds, the voices of the artists seem to be louder than ever.
Is a Universal Basic Income,
the neoliberal alternative to unionization
Some thoughts at interfluidity.