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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Copyright in Primary Legal Materials

Noel S. Cox, Auckland University of Technology, Faculty of Law, is publishing "Copyright in Primary Legal Materials in Common Law Jurisdiction" in the Australian Intellectual Property Journal. Here is the abstract.

This paper examines the underlying policy considerations regarding the ownership of copyright in statutes, regulations, and also law reports. It compares and contrasts the positions in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. It looks particularly at the implications of electronic publication, and the role of private publishers. In essence, it asks whether the strict legal principle, that the Crown (or in the American system, the State) owns the copyright in statutes and judicial decisions, is less important than the principle of encouraging public access to the law.

Download the entire paper from SSRN here.

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