Copyright User Rights and Remedies: An Access to Justice Perspective
(2018) 7 LAWS 1-26
26 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 27, 2018
In contemporary copyright law, there is an ongoing debate around the nature and scope of the rights users should have to copyright works, exacerbated by ongoing technological developments. Within that debate, this article queries the value of looking at the remedies users may have against copyright holders restricting their legitimate uses of works, as a means to further elucidate the nature and scope of user rights. While there is some value in looking at remedies to situate copyright user rights, an access to justice perspective to rights and remedies suggests that such approach may be too limiting with respect to the position of potential claimants in a legal system. On that basis, this paper identifies structural deficiencies of copyright user rights and proposes an analytical framework towards achieving greater “justice for users” both in the realm of public law and private law.
Keywords: copyright; user rights; remedies; access to justice; human rights; freedom of expression; access to knowledge; personal property; technological protection measures
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