Lens of London: 'Granting Limited Copyright Protection for Performers'

21 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2018

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Maria Solis

Queen Mary University of London

Date Written: August 25, 2018


This paper consists in the “Lens of London” documentary which is created by Queen Mary students of Intellectual Property Law under the US jurisdiction. The focus of this paper are the issues such as: what is a performer, who owns the copyright of the work, credit and pre-existing work issues. However, despite the above mentioned issues which this paper deal, the scope of this paper is to argue that performers which present motion pictures for the purpose of a documentary or in a film should provide joint authorship in the cases where they have contributed with more than a simple performance. In addition, among other cases, these problems have been analysed under two main cases which are related with the film industry and shooting, respectively “Garcia v. Google” and “Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony” case. The former refused to know the authorship of the work to a performer in the film industry and the latter raise the inquiry whether a simple picture was a product of an author and whether it could be granted protection under the Copyright Clause. This paper conclude that the best way to resolve the copyrightable issue for the motion picture is to be classified as joint authorship as performers play a core role in the film industry.

Keywords: Lens of London, Performers Right, Copyright, Business of Film, Maria Solis, Garcia v. Google, Lithographic Co v. Sarony

JEL Classification: K12, K11, K19, K2, K29, K22, K10, K3, K20, K22, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Solis, Maria, Lens of London: 'Granting Limited Copyright Protection for Performers' (August 25, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3306360

Maria Solis (Contact Author)

Queen Mary University of London

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