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Publication Title

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner, Digital Remix, and Group Authorship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-9-2019

Abstract

I argue that sometimes a group can author a work of art without the work being either co-authored or multiply-authored. Sometimes the group, itself, is an author, rather than any of its members alone or together. I argue that when a group is an author like this, it has mental properties that no individual member of the group possesses. For example, we can consider the groups that authored digital remixes based on a film titled #INTRODUCTIONS created by the artists LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. YouTubers posted their digital remixes online, and the question is: Who authored those remixes? I contend that many digital remixes are authored by groups that are capable of cognition.

Publication

The British Journal of Aesthetics

Publisher

Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society of Aesthetics

Department

College of Arts and Sciences


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