The idea of copyright, originally conceived as a means of protecting the right
of individual authors to fair compensation for their work, has undergone a sea
change in recent decades. It is now frequently invoked to safeguard the
profits of corporate marketers of widely-used media and software products, and
in this context has given rise to a surprising new conflict: the collision of
copyright and human rights.
Copyright and Human Rights is the first comprehensive analysis of this
emerging nexus of legal issues. In eight incisive essays, well-known
authorities in both copyright law and human rights law present in-depth
analysis and discussion of such essential topics as the following:
the human rights credentials of copyright
the relations between copyright and freedom of speech and of expression, from
the perspectives of both North American and European law
the impact of U.S Supreme Court decision in Eldred
the relevance to copyright of the public interest defense in European law; and
the fundamental rights of privacy in an intellectual property environment.
In the years to come, more and more lawyers will be confronted with issues
involving the interaction of intellectual property and human rights. As a
groundbreaking work focusing on the copyright aspect, Copyright and Human
Rights will be seen as a cornerstone of the debate. Practitioners,
academics and policymakers in both fields will immediately recognize its value
as a springboard to the informed future development of this new and crucial
area of legal theory and practice.
Preface. Chapter 1. Copyright as a Human Right. Professor Dr. Paul L.C. Torremans.Chapter 2. Copyright and Freedom of Expression in Canada.Professor Dr. Ysolde Gendreau. Chapter 3 . Copyrighting Speech: A Trans-Atlantic View. Dr. Michael D. Birnhack. Chapter 4. Recapturing Liberated Information - The Relationship between the United Kingdom's Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Private Law Restraints on Disclosure.Jonathan Griffiths. Chapter 5. Fair Dealing and Freedom of Expression.Patrick Masuyakurima. Chapter 6. Do we have a Right to Speak with Another's Language? Eldred and the Duration of Copyright.Professor Dr. Wendy Gordon. Chapter 7. 'Holding the Line' - The Relationship between the Public Interest and Remedies Granted or Refused, be it for Breach of Confidence or Copyright.Alison Firth. Chapter 8. Rights of Privacy, Confidentiality, and Publicity, and Related Rights.
INFORMATION LAW SERIES 14