The gatekeeping of art: history and law of competition and innovation
This study proposes a historical perspective on gatekeeper power to restrict competition, with consequences for innovation, consumer welfare and the public interest in access to cultural heritage. Through the evaluation of the conduct by the 19th century art dealer ‘Maison Goupil’, the study draws lessons for competition policy in and regulation of digital platforms and creative industries in the 21st century.
The project compares Maison Goupil with the tech giants of our time, such as Google and Amazon. It looks at the art dealer’s practices in Europe and America, which promoted innovation in the market and popularisation of art yet also made it a ‘gatekeeper’ of the arts.
Dr Savani’s expertise in cultural history and archaeology is combined with Dr Brook and Dr Eben’s competition law and regulation knowledge, to shed a historical light on very current questions.