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Munich Studies on Innovation and Competition

A Copyright Gambit

On the Need for Exclusive Rights in Digitised Versions of Public Domain Textual Materials in Europe

Authors: Mendis, Sunimal

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  • Includes data from an empirical survey of digitization projects undertaken by fourteen memory institutions in five European Union jurisdictions
  • Provides a comprehensive legal analysis of the extent to which the digitized versions of rare documents qualify for copyright protection within the copyright law frameworks of the United Kingdom, Germany and France
  • Includes model provisions for the enactment of a European Union Regulation that would introduce a related right to the digitized versions of rare documents that record public domain textual content
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European memory institutions are repositories of a wealth of rare documents that record public domain content. These documents are often stored in ‘dark-archives’ to which members of the public are granted limited access, resulting in the public domain content recorded therein being relegated to a form of ‘forgotten-knowledge’. Digitisation offers a means by which such public domain content can be made speedily and easily accessible to users around the world. For this reason, it has been hailed as the harbinger of a new ‘digital renaissance’. 
This book examines the topical issue of the need to preserve exclusivity over digitised versions of rare documents recording public domain content. Based on data gathered through an empirical survey of digitisation projects undertaken by fourteen memory institutions in five European Union Member States, it argues for the introduction of exclusive rights in digitised versions of rare documents recording public domain textual content as a means of incentivising private-sector investment in the digitisation process. It concludes by presenting a detailed proposal for a European Union Regulation that would grant memory institutions a limited-term related right in digitised versions of rare documents held in their collections subject to stringent exceptions and limitations that are designed to safeguard user interests.   

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Copyright Gambit
Book Subtitle
On the Need for Exclusive Rights in Digitised Versions of Public Domain Textual Materials in Europe
Authors
Series Title
Munich Studies on Innovation and Competition
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-59454-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-59454-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-59453-7
Series ISSN
2199-7462
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 294
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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