Scientific and Critical Editions of Public Domain Works: An Example of European Copyright Law (Dis)Harmonization

Canadian Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 27, p. 157

14 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2011  

Thomas Margoni

University of Glasgow - School of Law - CREATe; University of Glasgow - CREATe

Mark Perry

University of New England - School of Law

Date Written: November 18, 2011

Abstract

Despite the lack of unanimity among European nations on how to treat so-called scientific and critical editions, most of these nations agree on the major proposition that this kind of work should attract some kind of protection under neighbouring rights doctrines in their copyright codes. Canada has no such provisions. This article explores the neighbouring rights protection in some European nations and shows that Canadian publishers of such editions should be aware of the diverse range of protection that they are given in Europe and the potential liability of Canadian publishers.

En dépit de l’absence d’unanimité au sein des nations européennes quant à la façon de traiter les soi-disant "éditions scientifiques et critiques", la majorité de ces nations s’entendent sur la proposition principale voulant que ce type de travail mérite de faire l’objet d’une certaine forme de protection en vertu des doctrines des droits voisins contenues dans leurs codes sur le droit d’auteur. Le Canada ne possède pas de telles dispositions. Cet article explore la protection qu’accordent les droits voisins de certaines nations européennes et démontre que les éditeurs canadiens de ce type de publication devraient connaître les différents types de protection dont ils bénéficient en Europe ainsi que des obligations potentielles que les éditeurs doivent remplir.

Keywords: scientific editions, intellectual property

Suggested Citation

Margoni, Thomas and Perry, Mark, Scientific and Critical Editions of Public Domain Works: An Example of European Copyright Law (Dis)Harmonization (November 18, 2011). Canadian Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 27, p. 157. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1961535

Thomas Margoni

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

Scotland
United Kingdom

University of Glasgow - CREATe

Glasgow
United Kingdom

Mark Perry (Contact Author)

University of New England - School of Law ( email )

Armidale, New South Wales 2351
Australia
=61 2 67732901 (Phone)

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