CC-BY NC 4.0
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Copy this Book is an artist’s guide to copyright, written for makers. Both practical and critical, this book will guide you through the concepts underlying copyright and how they apply in your practice.

How do you get copyright? For what work? And for how long? How does copyright move across mediums, and how can you go about integrating the work of others? Because they get copyright too!

Copy this Book will detail the concepts of authorship and original creation that underlie our legal system. This way, it will equip you with the conceptual keys to participate in the debate on intellectual property today.

Eric Schrijver
Loraine Furter
Graphic design
Loraine Furter, Eric Schrijver
Legal Editor
Julien Cabay
Copy editor
Eleanor Ivory Weber
Sam Donvil, Séverine Dusollier, Maxime Lambrecht, David Le Simple, Freek Lomme, Ellen Lupton, Josh Plough, Antonio Roberts, Sebastien Sanfilippo, Camille Testard, Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Maarten Zeinstra.
195 x 140 mm
7.7 x 5.5 inches
Sewn-glued Otabind
300 g/m2 Munken Print White 1.5 (cover), 115/g m2 Munken Print White 1.5 (inside pages)
Printon, Tallin (EST)
CC-BY NC 4.0
17 EUR
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This sharp and useful book shines a light on the rights of all artists to protect—and share—their work. Eric Schrijver has produced an essential guide for navigating the new Commons and the old laws of copyright control.
Ellen Lupton, curator and critic


 Table of contents 
2.Copyright, the Basics 
2.1.The Rights to Your Expressions: The Basics of Copyright
2.2.No Ordinary Labour: Why Copyright
2.3.The Artist’s Honour: Moral Rights
3.Copyright, the Business 
3.1.No Easy Love Affair: Copyright and Money
3.2.Mutual Dependency: Publishers
3.3.Setting the Conditions of Copying: Licenses
4.Copyright, Enforcement 
4.1.This Coin Has Two Sides: Suing and Getting Sued
4.2.An Ongoing Arms Race: Protecting Through Technology
5.Copyright, the Disciplines 
5.1.In Love With the Copy: Visual Arts
5.2.The Protypical Author: Writing
5.3.Mixed Authorship is the Norm: Graphic Design
5.4.For Humans and Computers to Read: Software
5.5.Too Useful to Protect: Typefaces
5.6.A Copy of Reality: Photographs
5.7.People have Rights too: Personalities
6.Copyright, the Community 
6.1.No Known Restrictions: the Public Domain
6.2.Some Copies are Better than Others: Copying and Ethics


Book launch & performance
Dutch Design Week Eindhoven
October 27 2018
16:00 - 19:00

Willemstraat 27
5611 HB Eindhoven

How do you create an original expression? That’s not simply an artistic question, it’s a legal question. In an audio-visual performance, Eric Schrijver will show artistic creation as it happens in from the perspective of the law, charting exactly the threshold of originality, where ideas become expressions; and, on the other hand, where incidental reproduction and abstract inspiration become infringements of the rights of others.

Book launch, performance & round table
CAVEAT / Batard!
November 2 2018
17:30 - 19:00

Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28
1000 Brussels

An audio-visual performance, followed by a round-table discussion with law scholar Julien Cabay, artist Eleanor Ivory Weber, and publisher/curator Freek Lomme (Onomatopee). Moderator: Julie Van Elslande.

Caveat is a collective research project reflecting and acting on the ecology of artistic practice.


Made possible thanks to
the Creative Industries Fund NL

Layout and graphics made with a mix of software including Inkscape, Scribus and html2print, a free layout software developed by OSP — thanks Alexandre Leray, Ludivine Loiseau and Sarah Magnan for your advice!

blog coming soon!