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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Resolving the Dilemma of Copyright In the Digital Era

Primavera De Filippi, CERSA & CNRS, Universite de Paris, and Katarzyna Gracz, European University Institute, have published Resolving the Crisis of Copyright Law in the Digital Environment:   Reforming the 'Copy-Right' into a 'Reuse-Right' in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Interaction of Knowledge Rights, Data Protection and Communication, KnowRight 20. Here is the abstract.

The paper explores the mechanisms that led to the current crisis of copyright law in the digital era by applying the concept of law as an auto-poietic system. It analyses how copyright law has evolved over the years, and how -- every time a new technology has come to disrupt the system -- the law has evolved to try and preserve the traditional status quo. Today, however, in order to benefit from the new opportunities offered by digital technologies, copyright law must be radically reformed to encourage -- rather than discourage -- the dissemination of online works. This might require a shift from a system based on the concept of reproduction (copy-right) to a system based on the re-utilization of works (reuse-right).


Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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