Genius Against Copyright: Revisiting Fichte's Proof of the Illegality of Reprinting

24 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2014

See all articles by Mario Biagioli

Mario Biagioli

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The article discusses the dichotomy between idea and expression in copyright law in 2012 by focusing on philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte's 1793 work "Proof of the Unlawfulness of Reprinting: A Rationale and a Parable." The author argues that the legal community has overlooked parts of Fichte's claims and have chosen to only apply personal expression to authors. Originality in authorship is also examined in defining what is and is not covered under U.S. copyright law.

Suggested Citation

Biagioli, Mario, Genius Against Copyright: Revisiting Fichte's Proof of the Illegality of Reprinting (2011). Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 86, No. 5, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2427971

Mario Biagioli (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
60
rank
348,859
Abstract Views
255
PlumX Metrics