Why capitalism isn’t paying for creative labour

In a recent panel at ACMI, the authors of Chokepoint Capitalism shared insights on why ‘art is making more money but artists are getting poorer’.
Chokepoint Capitalism panel

We all know by now that capitalism isn’t the perfect model that some envisioned it to be, but to what extent does it impact the value, both socially and economically, of creative labour?

In Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labour Markets and How We’ll Win Them Back, US activist Cory Doctorow and Melbourne-based scholar Rebecca Giblin rally for action against the power of large corporations that garner more than their fair share from the labour of artists and creators.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_