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Copyright and Multimedia

Copyright and Multimedia

By Julian Rodriguez Pardo


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Technology has affected a wide range of issues in our personal and professional lives. And in doing so it has opened the door for new legal questions, especially with regard to intellectual property and, more specifically, copyright.

New legal questions have arisen with respect to the authorship of web pages, databases, computer programs, and, in general, multimedia work. Is this technology internationally protected? Can internet piracy be considered piracy? To whom does the copyright belong when more than one author exists? When is it necessary to resort to technical protection devices? By examining international laws, such as the WIPO treaties and EU law, this book offers a clear answer to these questions while focusing on how copyright does or does not protect new technology.

It also examines alternative ways of protecting technologies that present the real possibility of appealing to patent and trademark law as well as an overview of the multimedia concept and the origins of copyright. This book's simple structure helps the reader to understand how to utilize current laws to protect one's work and offers an interesting and informative analysis of the subject.

Publish Date 05/06/2003
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041189028
SKU 10057528-0001
Table of Contents
Contents, Acknowledgment, Prologue Chapter I – Defining the Multimedia Work 1. The Multimedia Work 1.1. Formulation of its Meaning 1.2. Formulation of a Typology of its Own Chapter II – Description of Copyright and its Basic Features Throughout its History 1. Antecedents 1.1. The Social Significance of Authors in Greece and Rome (Fifth Century BC) 1.2. Invention of the Printing Press (1450) and the Birth of Privileges 2. The Statute of Queen Anne (1709): First Positive Materialization of a Right in Favor of Authors 2.1. Contents: Recognition of a Time Limited Exclusive Right 2.2. Application: Donaldson vs. Beckett 3. Creation and Consolidation in the National Laws (18th–19th Centuries) 3.1. England and the Search of a Balance between Author’s Right and Copyright 3.2. The English Influence in American Copyright 3.3. The French Formulation of the Droit d’auteur as a Property Right 3.4. Germany and Copyright as a Moral Right Chapter III – International Treaties for the Protection of Copyright and their Application to Multimedia Works 1. Introduction: The Berne Convention of 1886, and its Promotion as a Result of Technological Development. From the Protection of Printed Works to the Protection of Distribution by Wire 1.1. Developing a Right for Printed Works 1.2. Protection of Cinematographic, Sound and Audiovisual Works 1.3. A Point of Contact with the New Technologies: Protection of Satellite and Cable Broadcasting 2. The GATT Agreement of 1994, and the Berne Protocol of 1996: Protection of Multimedia Works through New Copyright Categories 2.1. First Multimedia Copyrights Covered by International Treaties: Software and Databases in the GATT Agreement of 1994 2.2. New Copyright Protection for Multimedia: The WIPO Treaties or the Protocol to the Berne Convention of 1996 3. Toward a Global Solution for Multimedia Copyrights 3.1. Basic Principles of the Berne System Applied to the Digital Communication Field 3.2. Protection of Copyright Owners and Related or Neighboring Rights 3.3. Protection of the Subject Matter of Copyright 3.4. Protection of the Content of Copyright 3.5. Other Applicable Legal Principles 3.6. The Technological Solution as an Alternative to Law for the Protection of Multimedia Works Chapter IV – The Development of Community Copyright Principles through the Regulation of Multimedia Works in the Information Society 1. Antecedents 1.1. An Approach to the Origins of the Community Regulation on Copyrights 1.2. The Protection of Computer Programs as Literary Works: First Step for the Protection of Multimedia (1991) 2. Regulation of Multimedia Works and Digital Technology 2.1. Copyright in the Legal Framework of the Information Society 2.2. The Protection of Databases regarding Content Selection and Arrangement: Creation of a Sui Generis Right in Favor of Maker (1996) 2.3. The Legal-technical Protection of Copyright in the Information Society (2001) Bibliography, Reference Books, Articles, Legal Texts