Introduction - Copyright, Communication & Culture: Towards a Relational Theory of Copyright Law
Carys Craig, COPYRIGHT, COMMUNICATION & CULTURE: TOWARDS A RELATIONAL THEORY OF COPYRIGHT LAW, Edward Elgar Press, 2011
11 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2011 Last revised: 21 Oct 2014
Date Written: September 1, 2011
In this provocative book, Carys Craig challenges the assumptions of possessive individualism embedded in modern day copyright law, arguing that the dominant conception of copyright as private property fails to adequately reflect the realities of cultural creativity. Employing both theoretical argument and doctrinal analysis, including the novel use of feminist theory, the author explores how the assumptions of modern copyright result in law that frequently restricts the kinds of expressive activities it ought to encourage. In contrast, Carys Craig proposes a relational theory of copyright based on a dialogic account of authorship, and guided by the public interest in a vibrant, participatory culture. Through a critical examination of the doctrines of originality and fair dealing, as well as the relationship between copyright and freedom of expression, she explores how this relational theory of copyright law could further the public purposes of the copyright system and the social values it embodies.
Keywords: copyright, culture, expression, authorship, originality, fair use
JEL Classification: K39, O31, O33, O34, O38, Z10
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