Joost Smiers

Professor emeritus & writer political sciences, copyright

About Joost Smiers

Dr. Joost Smiers is Professor (em.) of Political Science of the arts, Research Fellow in the Research Group Arts & Economics at the Utrecht School of the Arts, the Netherlands, and formerly visiting professor, Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA, Los Angeles, and Director of Research at the Utrecht School of the Arts.

He has written, lectured all over the world, and researched extensively in the area of decision-making in cultural matters worldwide, on new visions on a world without copyright and the public domain, on freedom of expression versus responsibility, on cultural competition policy, on the income of artists and their entrepreneurs, on European cultural policy, on Unesco’s Convention on Cultural Diversity, and on cultural identities (plural).

Why Joost Smiers speaks at TEDxEindhoven

Every lightbulb moment starts with an individual human being, going through it’s creative process. But that does not mean it is an individual process. As newton said, he stood on the shoulders of giants. Is our current system and philosophy on intellectual property placing unnecessary restrictions holding back our collective creativity? With decades of research into the politics of the arts, Joost Smiers takes the stand that we should abolish copyright. At our event he will speak on the current status of intellectual property and suggests a potential other way of supporting & rewarding creativity and invention as a society.

What will Joost Smiers speak on

How abolishing copyright and intellectual property could potentially create a system where creativity would flourish in the present-day information age.

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