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    Peter H. Karlen (1986). Worldmaking: Property Rights in Aesthetic Creations. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 45 (2):183-192.
    This paper delves into the nature of intellectual property rights in aesthetic creations, particularly works of visual art and literary works. The discussion focuses on copyrights interests, but there are also implications for trademark and patent rights. The argument assumes a fairly conventional definition of "property," namely, the set of legal relations between the owner and all other persons relating to the use, enjoyment and disposition of a tangible thing. The problem with such a definition as applied to aesthetic creations (...)
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    Peter H. Karlen (1983). Aesthetic Quality and Art Preservation. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 41 (3):309-322.
    After describing a constantly changing aesthetic environment in which artistic and architectural works are created and destroyed, this paper asks how legal judgments are made to preserve such works. Specifically the paper addresses legal standards for art preservation such as "recognized quality," "serious artistic value," and "historic, artistic or aesthetic interest." The discussion surveys many of the laws which require "quality" in art, the court opinions which interpret these laws and legal standards, the rules of evidence, and suggestions for how (...)
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  3. Peter H. Karlen (2008). The Aesthetics of Trademarks. Contemporary Aesthetics 6.
    Trademarks are not just property; they are aesthetic creations that pervade everyday experience. As pervasive aesthetic creations having literary, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and musical content, trademarks deserve aesthetic analysis. So this paper discusses the origins, strength, appeal, and effectiveness of trademarks within the context of aesthetic considerations such as meaning, intention, authorship, and mode of creation. Also reviewed are morphemic and phonemic analysis of trademarks, semantic positioning, the dichotomy between creation and discovery of trademarks, and the differences between trademarks and (...)
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