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Homage or Biting Lines: Critically Discussing Authorship, Creativity, and Copyright in the 21st Century through Hip-Hop

Department of Art and Design Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA
Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 5 November 2018 / Accepted: 19 November 2018 / Published: 22 November 2018
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The inherent traits of digital media have challenged traditional understandings of artistic authorship and creativity. This division in understanding can clearly be observed in the popular culture context of hip-hop music. Hip-hop initially began with analog technologies such as vinyl record players, then transitioned to predominately digital mediums. This changeover in artistic mediums has been well documented by opposing viewpoints from hip-hop artists, consumers, record companies, and lawyers. By focusing on hip-hop for critical discussion on artistic authorship and creativity, art students can engage in discussion reflecting on their own artistic and online practices, and how these behaviors are legally supported or suppressed by copyright law. View Full-Text
Keywords: authorship; creativity; hip-hop; copyright; copyleft; technology authorship; creativity; hip-hop; copyright; copyleft; technology
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Leonard, N. Homage or Biting Lines: Critically Discussing Authorship, Creativity, and Copyright in the 21st Century through Hip-Hop. Arts 2018, 7, 86.

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