Why Were Commonwealth Reversionary Rights Abolished (And What Can We Learn Where They Remain?)

(2019) 41(4) European Intellectual Property Review 232

18 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018 Last revised: 20 May 2019

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Joshua Yuvaraj

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Rebecca Giblin

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 6, 2018

Abstract

In this Paper we examine the development and removal of the 1911 Imperial copyright reversion right. We find this right was spuriously removed in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. We then find that criticisms of the right in Canada (it still exists there) can help teach us what a new, effective reversion right might look like.

Keywords: Copyright, Reversion, 1911 Copyright Act, Copyright Assignments, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada

JEL Classification: K00, O34

Suggested Citation

Yuvaraj, Joshua and Giblin, Rebecca, Why Were Commonwealth Reversionary Rights Abolished (And What Can We Learn Where They Remain?) (December 6, 2018). (2019) 41(4) European Intellectual Property Review 232. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3296902

Joshua Yuvaraj (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Rebecca Giblin

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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