‘The football game as a copyright work’

“Speaking about developments in the jurisprudence of the Dutch courts on copyright, Bernt Hugenholtz expressed his fear that their reluctance to define and limit copyright’s domain to that of ‘literature, science and art’, instead ‘reducing the subject matter test to mere originality and personal stamp’, might lead to ‘infinite expansion of the concept of the work of authorship. Anything touched by human hand, including for instance sports performances, would be deemed a work’ …” (part 1, part 2)

[Lionel Bently, Kluwer Copyright Blog, 1-2 February]

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