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The Global Flow of InformationLegal, Social, and Cultural Perspectives$
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Ramesh Subramanian and Eddan Katz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748114

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748114.001.0001

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Prospects for a Global Networked Cultural Heritage

Prospects for a Global Networked Cultural Heritage

Law versus Technology?

(p.90) 5 Prospects for a Global Networked Cultural Heritage
The Global Flow of Information

Stanley N. Katz

NYU Press

This chapter addresses the preservation of and access to digital cultural artifacts, including the many contradictions that emerge with it. For one, the new copyright and IP battles between rights holders and consumers make one wonder whether technology shapes the law, or whether the law shapes technology. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has ordered a committee to draft a statement on “the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions.” The committee, however, issued preambles that confuse, rather than clarify, the issue of how to use digital technology to enhance the global reach of cultural artifacts.

Keywords:   digital cultural artifacts, technology, law, UNESCO, global cultural artifacts, copyright battles, IP battles

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