Extended Collective Licenses and the Nordic Experience - It’s a Hybrid but is It a Volvo or a Lemon?

Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, Vol. 33, Issue IV

26 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2010 Last revised: 21 Jan 2010

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Thomas Riis

University of Copenhagen; University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Jens Schovsbo

Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR)

Date Written: January 12, 2010

Abstract

An extended collective license is a legal model whereby the binding effect of a collective agreement between an organization of copyright holders and a user of copyrightable works is extended to right holders who are not members of the organization. Such models have been used for rights clearance in the Nordic countries since the early 1960s. Extended collective licenses are praised by the Nordic countries and met with positive interest around the world as the primary means to solve most of the copyright complications in the information society. This article evaluates extended collective licenses and their compatibility with international copyright norms and the perspective of transplanting the model into other jurisdictions.

Keywords: copyright, extended collective license, intellectual property right, licensing, orphan works

JEL Classification: K29

Suggested Citation

Riis, Thomas and Schovsbo, Jens, Extended Collective Licenses and the Nordic Experience - It’s a Hybrid but is It a Volvo or a Lemon? (January 12, 2010). Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, Vol. 33, Issue IV. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1535230

Thomas Riis

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Copenhagen, DK - 1455
Denmark

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Studiestrade 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

Jens Schovsbo (Contact Author)

Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) ( email )

University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 16
Copenhagen, 2300
Denmark

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