(Baker 2003) The Artistic Freedom Voucher: Internet Age alternative to copyrights

Baker, Dean. The Artistic Freedom Voucher: Internet Age alternative to copyrights. CEPR Briefing Paper. Washington, DC, USA: Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR); 2003 Nov 5. Available from: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/the-artistic-freedom-voucher-internet-age-alternative-to-copyrights/. Accessed 2012 Jan 24. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/64wZIdVzy.

Baker proposes Artistic Freedom Vouchers (AFV) as a way to ensure that creative artists are rewarded for their work, without imposing the increasingly repressive intellectual property restrictions sought by the entertainment industry, or interfering with the ability of individual consumers to choose which artists to reward. AFV are refundable tax credits to consumers, providing sums of money that can be assigned directly to artists of the consumer’s choice, or to intermediaries such as record labels. AFV could be chosen by individual artists as an alternative to copyright, but Baker projects that the availability of AFV-funded art and music will actually save money to the public by driving down economic rents on copyrighted works. Baker also predicts that the total amount of money made available to artists through AFV would be greater than the amount currently reaching them through the copyright system, and would be more evenly distributed.



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