Arts, Inc

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This book was a joy to read on several levels.

Mr. Ivey postulates an argument (one I agree with) that “greed and neglect have destroyed our cultural rights.”

He mentions the 1980s sitcom WKRP in Cincinatti as a victim of overzealous copyright bozos. When the series was scheduled for release on DVD, most of the music in the show had to be changed due to the copyright owners not wanting to play ball in clearing the rights. The process lowered the show a few notches in quality as jokes no longer made sense and when a character on-air mentions a song by a particular artist, a song not by that artist starts playing.

One of the things I enjoyed was that each time he uses a picture or snippet of song lyrics, he lists who he got the rights from and how much it cost to place in the book. Some of the fees are pretty reasonable, but others seem outlandish. I believe part of what Mr. Ivey did in that regard was to shine the light on how pricing for republishing rights have almost no rhyme or reason across the board. One person may charge $25 for a picture, while others may charge $300.

The majority of pictures in the book come from CORBIS, the photo repository founded by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, but a few others come from the author’s own archives.

As a chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Ivey traveled the world promoting art of all kinds, and here in this book, he continues his tradition of being an art advocate. This is a brilliant companion piece to Freedom of Expression by Kembrew McLeod.

University of California Press

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