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
Date Written: December 6, 2018
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
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