Why Has Copyright Expanded? Analysis and Critique

NEW DIRECTIONS IN COPYRIGHT LAW, Vol. 6, Fiona Macmillan, ed., Edward Elgar, 2008

UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 07-34

33 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2007

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Neil Weinstock Netanel

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Netanel, Neil Weinstock, Why Has Copyright Expanded? Analysis and Critique. NEW DIRECTIONS IN COPYRIGHT LAW, Vol. 6, Fiona Macmillan, ed., Edward Elgar, 2008; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 07-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1066241

Neil Weinstock Netanel (Contact Author)

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