Ownership in Complex Authorship: A Comparative Study of Joint Works in Copyright Law
European Intellectual Property Review, 2012, 34 (1), 22-32
16 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2012 Last revised: 21 Jun 2012
Date Written: January 26, 2012
Copyright legislation, at least in its implementation, can be seen as a triumph of international harmonisation. However, in the area of joint works this is not the case. In the comparison of a North American and European country we observe very different outcomes, despite the similar statutory definitions in copyright legislation. However, the explanation for the divergence of application is not to be found in copyright law, but rather the parts of property law that deal with tenancy in common. Starting from this observation the article uses comparative analysis of rules and remedies available in both systems and concludes with recommendations towards a more fair and efficient framework.
Keywords: Intellectual property, copyright, joint works, tenancy in common, comparative law
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