Copyright is of course one of the several ways that government can try and stimulate the creation of works–and a rather imperfect one at that.
But the alternatives are not all roses either. Subsidizing artists may be dandy, but how are you going to make sure subsidies are fairly distributed? The Dutch government has always taken the cowardly way out: basically anybody willing to admit to being an artist got a grant, or got their “art” bought by the government.
The Viennese municipal government has come up with a plan that kills two birds with one stone. It lets artists decide via reputation-based software which of them is most deserving of the grant money. I say “two birds”, because most of the painters and sculptors it is my distinct unpleasure to be vaguely acquainted with feel that only they can tell what art is. Well, exactly! Thank you Vienna!