‘Personalizing Copyright Law Using Consumer Demographics’

Adi Libson and Gideon Parchomovsky, Toward the Personalization of Copyright Law, 86 University of Chicago Law Review 527 (2019). Most people assume, if implicitly, that there is a substantial element of uniformity in our IP system. At first blush, our copyright and patent laws extend a (presumably) uniform set of rights to (presumably) uniform authors and inventors, who can then sue (presumably) uniform unauthorized users. Scholarship for some time now has already noted that the bundle of rights is not actually uniform, and has theorized on the optimal tailoring of rights to particular industries and subject-matters. More recently the literature has started to unpack the implicit assumption of creator uniformity using data on the demographics of authors and inventors … (more)

[Dotan Oliar, JOTWELL, 30 May]

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