American Law and Celebrity Culture or, Celebrity Law and American Culture

During a recent argument about copyright law and its alleged negative impact on appropriation art in the United States, a friend asked me if I thought Chinese artists would feel similarly constrained by American copyright law. I thought this was a particularly dumb question to ask given that, in general, I don’t think China gives two hoots about American intellectual-property law or, for that matter, US laws in general. I would not fault you, the reader, for questioning the intelligence of my friends or for advising…

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