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Film Copyright in the European Union

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Intellectual property issues in the film industry are highly complex and rapidly evolving. In the first book on this subject, Kamina analyzes film protection in the fifteen member states of the European Union, giving special emphasis to the U.K. and France. He addresses key aspects of film copyright, including the main features of domestic legislation of protection of film works within the EU in the context of European harmonization of copyright laws. He also considers important new developments on contracts and moral rights. Of interest to practitioners, academics and students.

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"Pascal Kamina, assistant professor at the University of Poitiers, in his Film Copyright in the European Union, has done an outstanding job in providing a highly readable overview of European copyright and devised excellent navigation tools to move the reader through the hundreds of legal issues and fifteen nations involved...extremely useful." The Moving Image
Since 1992, the European Commission has set about eliminating differences in national copyright legislation related to film in the Single Market. Kamina (U. of Poitiers, France) examines the process the EC legislation has begun in the national systems, as well as some of the legal history preceding the EC directives. The bulk of the material is devoted to the current legal regime governing the main aspects of film protection: the question of authorship and initial ownership; the regime of copyright transfers; the exclusive rights granted to film authors; the limitations of and exemptions from these rights; the question of moral rights; the regime of performers' rights; and the protection of foreign film works. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Pascal Kamina is Assistant Professor at the Univeristy of Poitiers, as well as an Attorney at Law of the Paris Bar.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Table of National Statutes and Statutory Instruments; Table of International and European Materials; Basics on the European Union; 1. Introduction; 2. History of film protection in Europe; 3. Subsistence of copyright; 4. Authorship and initial ownership; 5. Copyright transfers and authorial rights; 6. Exclusive rights; 7. Exemptions and permitted acts; 8. Moral rights in films; 9. Performers' rights; 10. Protection of foreign film works; Annexes.

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