Academic Authors, Copyright and Dissemination of Knowledge: A Comparative Overview
Forthcoming in: C. Sappa, E. Bonadio(eds), Art and Literature in Copyright Law: Protecting the Rights of Creators and Managers of Artistic and Literary Works, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming
20 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2021 Last revised: 9 Dec 2021
Date Written: October 28, 2021
This article examines how copyright law protect academics in the Italian, German, and US jurisdictions and how academic authors use copyright vis-à-vis intermediaries (i.e. universities and publishers). The analysis shows that many academics are dissatisfied with how copyright works in the research sector and although the debate on this issue has been ongoing for several years now, the solutions proposed so far have not led to satisfactory results. This article presents these solutions and touches on a possible alternative that holds the promise of a fairer and more efficient copyright scientific publishing industry.
Keywords: Copyright, First Ownership, Scholarly Publishing, Academic freedom, Open Science, Copyright Permitted Uses
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