Beyond Copyright. The Demise of the Fordist Cultural Industries

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The copyright crisis, which we experience in countless episodes everyday, is, to a large degree, nothing more than the crisis of the Fordist model of production within the cultural industries. This crisis is however more dramatic here than in other sectors, for because nowhere else has this model been so formative in shaping the identity of middle-class society, is so deeply entrenched in their social institutions, or goes so far back. Namely to 1452. The printing press was a Fordist machine avant la lettre in the sense that it allowed for artifacts to be produced through capital- and technology-intensive processes based on the division of labor and in large quantities for supra-regional markets.

read the entire article over at the EICPC (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies