Copyright Formalities in the Internet Age: Filters of Protection or Facilitators of Licensing

published in: 28 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1425 (2013)

Amsterdam Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-30

Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2014-01

35 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014

Date Written: April 4, 2014

Abstract

This article examines how copyright formalities may aid in addressing the objectives of enhancing the free flow of information by enlarging the public domain and facilitating the licensing of copyright protected materials. For this purpose, it maps the different objectives for reintroducing copyright formalities and provides a brief overview of the types of formalities that might be imposed, including the legal consequences that can be attached to them. The article then explores in more detail which formalities, in what way, can assist in accomplishing the specific objectives of enriching the public domain and facilitating rights clearance. It concludes with a synthesis of the main findings.

Keywords: copyright, formalities, public domain, rights clearance, legal certainty

JEL Classification: O34

Suggested Citation

van Gompel, Stef, Copyright Formalities in the Internet Age: Filters of Protection or Facilitators of Licensing (April 4, 2014). published in: 28 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1425 (2013), Amsterdam Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-30 , Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2014-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2420312

Stef Van Gompel (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

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