How Far Can Copyright Be Stretched? Framing the Debate on Whether New and Different Forms of Creativity Can Be Protected

Intellectual Property Quarterly (2019)

31 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2019

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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: February 15, 2019

Abstract

This paper expands on whether copyright protection may be available for certain new and non-conventional works as diverse as graffiti, sports movements, dj-sets, culinary presentations, jokes, magic tricks, works created by artificial intelligence and engineered DNA. The potential expansion of copyright in a knowledge-based society is a relevant and topical subject at the moment also in light of the current scholarly and policy debates on the modernisation of copyright rules in many countries, including the EU and US. The issue of whether copyright can protect certain new and non-traditional products of human ingenuity is here addressed by carrying out a specific-work-related analysis of core tenets of copyright laws, including copyrightable subject matter, originality, fixation and authorship requirements, functionality exception, morality, and public policy provisions.

Keywords: Copyright, non-conventional creativity, authorship, originality, fixation, dichotomy idea/expression

Suggested Citation

Bonadio, Enrico and Lucchi, Nicola, How Far Can Copyright Be Stretched? Framing the Debate on Whether New and Different Forms of Creativity Can Be Protected (February 15, 2019). Intellectual Property Quarterly (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3495223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3495223

Enrico Bonadio (Contact Author)

City University London - The City Law School ( email )

London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

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Nicola Lucchi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law ( email )

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Barcelona, 08005
Spain

Jönköping International Business School ( email )

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Jönköping, 55111
Sweden

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Università di Ferrara - Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza ( email )

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Italy
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+30 0532 455614 (Fax)

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Catholic University of Louvain ( email )

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Louvain-la-Neuve, B-1348
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.uclouvain.be/nicola.lucchi

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