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Copyright Law

A Handbook of Contemporary Research

Paul Torremans

Edited by Paul Torremans, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, University of Nottingham, UK

Elgar original reference
2007 552 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 487 9
2009 Paperback 978 1 84844 709 7
ebook isbn 978 1 84844 021 0

Hardback £160.00 on-line price £144.00

Paperback £59.00 on-line price £47.20


Series: Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series

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‘. . . this book provides an interesting insight into many aspects of copyright law. It is a useful resource not only for those whose core practice is copyright but also those involved in industries reliant on copyright.’
– New Zealand Law Journal

Contributors: J. Adams, V.-L. Benabou, E. Derclaye, T. Dreier, J. Drexl, S. Dussolier, D. Gervais, J. Ginsburg, R. Hilty, B. Lindner, I. Madieha bt. Abdul Ghani Azmi, A. Quaedvlieg, M. Ricolfi, T. Rivers, J. Rosén, I. Stamatoudi, P. Torremans, S. von Lewinski, C. Waelde, R. Xalabarder

Further information

Copyright law is undergoing rapid transformations to cope with the new international digital environment. This valuable research Handbook provides a thorough and contemporary tableau of current thinking in copyright law. It traces the changes undergone and the challenges faced by copyright, as well as its roots and its diversity, combining to present a colourful picture of a dynamic research area.

The editor brings together an elite group of international copyright scholars who offer incisive and original analysis of a wide range of issues and aspects of copyright law, and in some cases a multiplicity of perspectives on a single topic. Rigorous and often thought-provoking in nature, this research Handbook clearly maps the current landscape, and will also undoubtedly stimulate further research in the field.

Analysing the cutting edge of current copyright research, Copyright Law will be of great interest to researchers, students, practitioners and policymakers.

Full table of contents



1. Originality in Copyright: A Solution to the Database Problem?
John Adams

2. Legal Issues Pertaining to the Restoration and Reconstitution of Manuscripts, Sheet Music, Paintings and Films for Marketing Purposes
Paul Torremans

3. A Canadian Copyright Narrative
Daniel Gervais

4. Can and Should Misappropriation Also Protect Databases? A Comparative Approach
Estelle Derclaye

5. Database Copyright: The story of BHB
Charlotte Waelde

6. ‘Une Chose Publique’? The Author’s Domain and the Public Domain in Early British, French and US Copyright Law
Jane Ginsburg

7. Draw Me a Public Domain
Valérie-Laure Benabou and Séverine Dusollier

8. Could Multimedia Works Be Protected as a Form of Audiovisual Works?
Irini Stamatoudi

9. Adequate Protection of Folklore – A Work in Progress
Silke von Lewinski

10. Regulating Competition by Way of Copyright Limitations and Exceptions
Thomas Dreier

11. Competition in the Field of Collective Management: Preferring ‘Creative Competition’ to Allocative Efficiency in European Copyright Law
Josef Drexl

12. Individual and Collective Management of Copyright in a Digital Environment
Marco Ricolfi

13. Copyright Law and Scientific Research
Reto Hilty

14. Copyright and Freedom of Expression in Sweden – Private Law in a Constitutional Context
Jan Rosén

15. On-line Teaching and Copyright: Any Hopes for an EU Harmonized Playground?
Raquel Xalabarder

16. Development of Law in Asia: Divergence versus Convergence. Copyright Piracy and the Prosecution of Copyright Offences and the Adjudication of IP Cases: Is There a Need for a Special IP Court in Malaysia?
Ida Madieha bt. Abdul Ghani Azmi

17. Alternative Dispute Resolution – A Remedy for Soothing Tensions between Technological Measures and Exceptions?
Brigitte Lindner

18. Qualitative Effects of Copyright Policies
Antoon Quaedvlieg

19. Questioning the Principles of Territoriality: The Determination of Territorial Mechanisms of Commercialisation
Paul Torremans

20. A Broadcasters’ Treaty?
Tom Rivers


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