Journal article

A New Copyright Bargain? Reclaiming Lost Culture and Getting Authors Paid

Rebecca Giblin

Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts | Columbia University School of Law | Published : 2018


Copyright’s fundamental structure is based on outdated assumptions, including that marginal costs of copying and distribution are high, and registration systems necessarily onerous and expensive. International treaties embedded these assumptions into domestic laws worldwide, and for good reasons: when the Berne Convention prohibited formalities in 1908, it was a necessary response to compulsory registration systems that unfairly burdened authors. And, when those high marginal costs meant only the most popular works could be made enduringly available anyway, there was little downside in granting long terms that could outlast their owners’ interest: those less popular works were going to be ..

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