What is it about?

This article concerns whether applied and fine arts should be treated the same by copyright law. It compares civilian and common law countries in this regard. It proposes that copyright in common law countries be brought into line with civilian jurisdictions.

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Why is it important?

Taking the proposed approach simplifies copyright and dies away with old, technical and unnecessary distinctions and complexities.


This piece develops an argument in a much neglected area of copyright law and connects with deeper questions about the nature of art and artistic expression.

William Van Caenegem
Bond University

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This page is a summary of: Copyright, Art and Originality: Comparative and Policy Issues, Global Journal of Comparative Law, September 2019, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/2211906x-00802001.
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