On Scrolls, Artefacts and Intellectual Property

Overview

The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in Palestine, recovered in Jordan, and largely edited by an international Christian team who prevented public access to unpublished manuscripts. Subsquently, the state of Israel, which had already purchased many of the Scrolls, has assumed responsibility for all of them. Most recently, one scroll editor has claimed copyright on his reconstruction, instigating a lawsuit and introducing serious implications for future Scrolls scholarship. This volume looks at international copyright ...

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Overview

The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in Palestine, recovered in Jordan, and largely edited by an international Christian team who prevented public access to unpublished manuscripts. Subsquently, the state of Israel, which had already purchased many of the Scrolls, has assumed responsibility for all of them. Most recently, one scroll editor has claimed copyright on his reconstruction, instigating a lawsuit and introducing serious implications for future Scrolls scholarship. This volume looks at international copyright and property rights as they affect archaeologists, editors and curators, but focuses on the issue of 'authorship' of the Scrolls, both published and unpublished, and the contributors include legal experts as well as many of the major figures in recent controversies, such as Hershel Shanks, John Strugnell, Geza Vermes and Emanuel Tov.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841272122
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Library Of Second Temple Studies Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,013,544
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Timothy Lim is Reader in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Calum Carmichael is Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature and Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Timothy H. Lim is Reader in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Hector L. MacQueen is Professor of Private Law and Director, Shepherd and Wedderburn Centre for Research in Intellectual Property and Technology, University of Edinburgh. Calum Carmichael is Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature and Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations 11
List of Contributors 13
Introduction 15
Opening Remarks to the Symposium on Intellectual Property and Cultural Artefacts 20
Pt. I The Case of 4QMMT
The Judgment 26
Intellectual Property Law and the Scholar: Cases I Have Known 63
Pt. II Principles of Intellectual Property and Copyright Laws
The Application of American Copyright Law to the Dead Sea Scrolls Controversy 74
Copyright Law and the Dead Sea Scrolls: A British Perspective 99
Choice of Law Regarding Copyright and the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Basic Principles 116
Legal Aspects of the Recent History of the Qumran Scrolls: Access, Ownership Title and Copyright 128
Assaying Qimron's Originality 159
Pt. III History of the Study of the Qumran Scrolls
The Original Team of Editors 178
Access to the Dead Sea Scrolls: Fifty Years of Personal Experience 193
The Publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls 199
Pt. IV Scholarly Enterprise and Individual Property Rights
To Publish or Not To Publish? Anecdotes from the Secret History of Epigraphy 216
Kenyon's Jerusalem Excavation Reports 223
App The Supreme Court Judgment
Select Bibliography 259
Index of Authors 267
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