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Copyright in Primary Legal Materials in Common Law Jurisdiction

Noel Cox


September 1, 2008

Australian Intellectual Property Journal, Forthcoming

This paper examines the underlying policy considerations regarding the ownership of copyright in statutes, regulations, and also law reports. It compares and contrasts the positions in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. It looks particularly at the implications of electronic publication, and the role of private publishers. In essence, it asks whether the strict legal principle, that the Crown (or in the American system, the State) owns the copyright in statutes and judicial decisions, is less important than the principle of encouraging public access to the law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: copyright, statutes, regulations, judgements

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Date posted: May 7, 2006 ; Last revised: October 14, 2008

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Cox, Noel, Copyright in Primary Legal Materials in Common Law Jurisdiction (September 1, 2008). Australian Intellectual Property Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=899412

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