Hiding Actualities: Whether Art Should Exist Independent of the Artist
American University Intellectual Property Brief (Vol. 11, Iss. 2)
16 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 2, 2020
Recent advancements in technology have made nearly every aspect of celebrities lives are available to the public, causing many of their secrets to rise to the surface. This Note explores recent allegations of various artists, how the public has reacted, and the implications that arose. Further, this Note suggests that, under the American copyright system, it may be acceptable to disconnect the art from the artist in certain situations. Precedents in tax law, criminal law, and property law support this separation. If the music perpetuates or is influenced by the artist's bad behavior, then it should be protested. However, if the music in itself is not problematic, the music should exist independently.
Keywords: Music, art, copyright law, allegations, #metoo, R. Kelly
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K34, K23
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