The Dimensions of the De Minimis Exception and Musical Sampling
Medien und Recht International, Issue 2019/2, p. 48-51.
8 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2020
Date Written: September 1, 2019
The de minimis exception gained significant importance in the law of the United States. In the law of the United States the de minimis exception functions as a safety valve or a balancing tool. It has two main dimensions. First, a “substantive de minimis exception” focuses on the subject matter, and, second, a “procedural de minimis exception” has an infringement-oriented perspective. The EU copyright law lacks such a doctrine. This paper analysis the US and the EU case law on sampling, and concludes why the de minimis exception could have a role in EU copyright law as well.
Keywords: de minimis exception, sampling, copyright law, United States, European Union, Bridgeport, Pelham, VMG Salsoul
JEL Classification: L00, K11, K19, K33, K39, K41, K42, O34,
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