From Music Tracks to Google Maps: Who Owns Computer Generated Works?

Computer Law and Security Review, Vol. 26, pp. 621-629, 2010

25 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2010 Last revised: 28 Oct 2012

Mark Perry

University of New England - School of Law; University of Western Ontario - Faculty of Law; the University of Western ONtario ; The University of Auckland; University of New England

Thomas Margoni

University of Glasgow - School of Law - CREATe; University of Glasgow - CREATe, RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy

Abstract

Increasingly the digital content used in everyday life has little or no human intervention in its creation. Typically, when such content is delivered to consumers it comes with attached claims of copyright. However, depending on the jurisdiction, approaches to ownership of computer-generated works vary from legislated to uncertain. In this paper we look at the various approaches taken by the common law, and the legislative approach take in the United Kingdom.

Keywords: Computer-generated works, copyright, authors and ownership, legislative and common law approaches

Suggested Citation

Perry, Mark and Margoni, Thomas, From Music Tracks to Google Maps: Who Owns Computer Generated Works?. Computer Law and Security Review, Vol. 26, pp. 621-629, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1647584

Mark Perry (Contact Author)

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Thomas Margoni

University of Glasgow - School of Law - CREATe ( email )

Scotland
United Kingdom

University of Glasgow - CREATe, RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy

Glasgow
United Kingdom

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