Illegal Art: Considering Our Culture Of Copying

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Bronwyn Holloway-Smith


Using New zealand case studies, this article argues that modern copyright law does not simply give rights to artists and copyright holders, but aims to provide a balance between artistic and public rights – a balance between what is good for copyright holders and what is good for culture and the economy as a whole. Increased enforcement of outdated copyright law has the potential to harm the progress of the arts.

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Bronwyn Holloway-Smith

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith is a Wellington-based artist who works in a wide-range of media, specialising in cross-platform, trans-disciplinary installation practice. Her research interests centre around new technologies and the futuristic ideals and challenges these inventions present. Recent work has examined and engaged with internet culture, 3-dimensional printing, open source art, and space colonisation.  Holloway-Smith graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) in 2006. She has shown at significant public and artist-run galleries nationwide and has works represented in both private and public art collections including the Wallace, the Wellington City Council, and the Massey University Collection.