International copyright law: A book review

Rimmer, Matthew (2001) International copyright law: A book review. European Intellectual Property Review, 23(12), pp. 601-602.

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Abstract

n his 1994 book, Copyright's Highway, Paul Goldstein made the telling prophecy:

The celestial jukebox may also portend more revolutional changes in international copyright markets. As the celestial jukebox disseminates information and entertainment over the air and without regard for national boundaries, the importance of the nation-state as a traditional guarantor of copyright may be replaced by international institutions such as the newly established World Trade Organization.

In retrospect, it was an accurate prediction. The celestial jukebox has shown little respect for national boundaries. In particular, ephemeral file-sharing programs such as Napster, Freenet and Filetopia have posed difficulties for copyright law. International treaties have taken on larger significance and international institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and World Trade Organization have assumed a greater role in regulating international copyright markets.

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ID Code: 86798
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group
ISSN: 0142-0461
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Sweet & Maxwell
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2015 02:40
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015 02:40

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