Copyright and Pornography

Book Chapter in E. Bonadio - N. Lucchi, Non-Conventional Copyright - Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection? (2018) Elgar

14 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2018

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Enrico Bonadio

City University London - The City Law School

Nicola Lucchi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law; Jönköping International Business School; Università di Ferrara - Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza; Catholic University of Louvain

Date Written: October 2018

Abstract

The chapter explores whether pornographic works – intended as creative works consisting of the depiction of women and/or men as sexual beings - can be protected by copyright. After commenting on cases from various jurisdictions including US, UK and France, the authors discuss the critical arguments made both in support and against copyright protection for this controversial subject matter (which is considered by many as morally unacceptable). The chapter concludes that the overriding need to protect free speech makes the argument supporting the copyrightability of this category of works more persuasive and convincing.

Suggested Citation

Bonadio, Enrico and Lucchi, Nicola, Copyright and Pornography (October 2018). Book Chapter in E. Bonadio - N. Lucchi, Non-Conventional Copyright - Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection? (2018) Elgar. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3288491 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3288491

Enrico Bonadio (Contact Author)

City University London - The City Law School ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Nicola Lucchi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law ( email )

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Spain

Jönköping International Business School ( email )

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Università di Ferrara - Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza ( email )

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Catholic University of Louvain ( email )

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Belgium

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