Fiona Macmillan, New Directions In Copyright Law, Volume 4

New Directions In Copyright Law, Volume 4

Edited by Fiona Macmillan, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

2007 288 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 263 9 £59.95 on-line discount £53.96

Acclaim for volume 1:
‘Copyright is increasingly broad in scope and the range of perspectives that can be applied to study it is equally wide – not just IP law but legal philosophy, economics, cultural studies, ethnography, legal history and political science are all potentially relevant approaches to dissecting the copyright octopus. This book includes examples of all these approaches. It makes fascinating reading. It is also a valuable contribution to the current debate about the future development of copyright law.’
– Simon Stokes, European Intellectual Property Review

This fourth volume in the series contains further exploration of the main themes considered in the first three volumes and brings together perspectives on copyright from law and legal theory, political economy, human rights, cultural studies and social theory.

New Directions in Copyright Law, Volume 4, offers insightful contributions from leading commentators on a range of issues affecting the development and direction of copyright law. The volume is divided into six parts. In the first part, the theoretical framework of copyright law is explored through the concepts of the market place of ideas and the public domain. While a number of chapters address substantive aspects of copyright law reform, the second part of the volume contains a chapter that marries substantive questions with issues around the mechanics, limitations and possibilities of the reform process. In the third part, two chapters consider the problematic notion of paternity rights from contrasting disciplinary perspectives. The interface between copyright law and the burgeoning of new technologies is considered through a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. In the fourth part of the volume legal theorists address issues around open access, open source, free software, and the implications of network theory for the relationship between copyright law and the Internet. Moving away from the concerns of so-called ‘high technology’, the fifth part of the volume considers the equally fraught question of the protection of traditional knowledge and cultural property through an analysis of the limits of law. The final part of the volume, which deals with copyright’s uncomfortable relationship with human rights, sees a return to issues around the new technologies with a focus on the political economy of open source software, and on the issue of information access and fundamental rights.

Contents: Preface Part I: Theoretical Framework of Copyright Law Part II: Globalisation, Convergence and Divergence Part III: Developments in Rights Neighbouring on Copyright Part IV: Copyright and the New Technologies Part V: Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Culture Part VI: Copyright, Corporate Power and Human Rights Index Contributors: L. Belder, D.M. Berry, P. Fitzpatrick, J. Gibson, J. Griffiths, A. Guadamuz González, R. Joyce, F. Macmillan, H.L. MacQueen, N.W. Netanel, S. Teilmann, G. Westkamp

Published in Association with the AHRC Research Council to Consider New Directions in Copyright Law
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Su Giovanni d'Ammassa

Avvocato con studio in Milano dal 1997, coltiva sin dall'Università lo studio e l’insegnamento del diritto d’autore. Fonda nel 1999. Appassionato chitarrista e runner.