Why Has Copyright Expanded? Analysis and Critique
NEW DIRECTIONS IN COPYRIGHT LAW, Vol. 6, Fiona Macmillan, ed., Edward Elgar, 2008
33 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2007
Numerous commentators have decried the growth of copyright holder rights in recent decades. Copyright's expansion is widely said to be inimical to copyright's core goals and economic rational. If so, why has that expansion occurred? Without question, there are multiple causes. This essay surveys and critiques a number of them, beginning with the copyright industries' raw political muscle and moving to the rhetorical and theoretical frameworks for expansion.
Keywords: copyright, public choice, TRIPS, WIPO, Kant, property
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