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What's Wrong with Copying?
Author: Abraham Drassinower

ISBN: 9780674743977
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 283
Published: 22 February 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.3 x 2.5
Description:
Copyright law, as conventionally understood, serves the public interest by regulating the production and dissemination of works of authorship, though it recognizes that the requirements of the public interest are in tension. Incentives for creation must be provided, but protections granted authors must not prevent the fruits of creativity and knowledge from spreading. Copyright law, therefore, should balance the needs of creators and users or so the theory goes.Challenging this widely accepted view, What s Wrong with Copying? disentangles copyright theory from its focus on the economic value of an authored work as a commodity or piece of property. In his analysis of copyright doctrine, Abraham Drassinower frames an author s work as a communicative act and asserts that copyright infringement is best understood as an unauthorized appropriation of another person s speech. According to this interpretation, copyright doctrine does not guarantee an author s absolute rights over a work but only such rights as are consistent with both the nature of the work as speech and with the structure of the dialogue in which it participates. The rights protect...

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