Reimagining Copyright's Duration

What If We Could Reimagine Copyright? Rebecca Giblin & Kimberlee Weatherall, eds, ANU Press, 2017

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014/09

36 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2015 Last revised: 10 Jan 2017

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Rebecca Giblin

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Current copyright terms are primarily justified as being necessary to incentivise cultural production, to incentivise investment in existing works to ensure their continued availability and preservation, and to recognise and reward authors for their creative contributions. This paper makes the case that existing approaches to duration are actually counterproductive to these aims. It then proposes a vision of an alternative that, by disaggregating incentives and rewards (and our motivations for granting them), would increase investment in existing works, better secure to authors the rewards of their creative endeavours, and unlock a great deal of currently neglected value for the public.

Keywords: copyright terms, duration, paradigm shift

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Giblin, Rebecca, Reimagining Copyright's Duration (2017). What If We Could Reimagine Copyright? Rebecca Giblin & Kimberlee Weatherall, eds, ANU Press, 2017; Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014/09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2561108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2561108

Rebecca Giblin (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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