Ashcroft and Barker, ‘Is Copyright Law Fit for Purpose in the Internet Era? An Economic and Legal Perspective’

Abstract
This paper asks the question: ‘Is copyright law fit for purpose in the Internet era?’ to inform the debate on the development of a sustainable, online ecosystem from an economic and legal perspective. This paper concludes that the application of exceptions to copyright that benefit intermediary business models – combined with the limitation on the liabilities of intermediaries made possible in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act [DMCA] in the USA and the eCommerce Directive in Europe – has led to the situation where rights holders are prevented from giving full consent for use of their works as required under copyright law and that this is damaging to the economy as a whole …

Ashcroft, Robert and Barker, George Robert, Is Copyright Law Fit for Purpose in the Internet Era? An Economic and Legal Perspective (September 11, 2014).

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