Intellectual Property Protection of Fact Based Works: Copyright and Its Alternatives

Intellectual Property Protection of Fact Based Works: Copyright and Its Alternatives

by Robert F. Brauneis
ISBN-10:
1848441835
ISBN-13:
9781848441835
Pub. Date:
01/01/2009
Publisher:
Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.

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Overview

Intellectual Property Protection of Fact Based Works: Copyright and Its Alternatives

The 1991 US Supreme Court decision in Feist Publications Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co. held that factual matter is not subject to copyright protection because it is not original to the author, thus dramatically rejecting a two-century-old tradition of protecting factual compilations under copyright. The contributors to this book reassess this decision and its implications, particularly for the protection of electronic databases.
The debate over fact-based works has grown still more complicated since Feist with the enactment of worldwide initiatives that extend the protection of databases, such as the European Union’s Database Directive. A number of legal scholars have voiced their opinions on how Congress should react to the Court’s decision and the Database Directive, but none have put forth a viable solution or questioned the debate’s underlying assumptions. The contributors to this insightful book turn their attention to these overlooked aspects, approaching the protection of factual matter from a range of perspectives: policy, historical, comparative, empirical and philosophical.
The range of viewpoints and disciplines represented in this compelling book will be of great interest to students, scholars and lawyers working in the area of intellectual property law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848441835
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents:
Preface
PART I: COPYRIGHT AND FACTS: HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES
1. Feist, Facts and Functions: Historical Perspective
Miriam Bitton
2. The Debate Over Copyright in News and its Effect on Originality Doctrine
Robert F. Brauneis
3. Of Silos and Constellations: Comparing Notions of Originality in Copyright Law
Elizabeth F. Judge and Daniel J. Gervais
PART II: THE FACT: A CONTESTED CONCEPT
4. Two Fallacies about Copyrighting Factual Compilations
Michael Steven Green
5. Speaking of the World: Fact, Opinion and the Originality Standard of Copyright
Alan L. Durham
6. Created Facts and their Awkward Place in Copyright Law
Justin Hughes
7. Copyright and Convergence: A Pragmatic Perspective
David McGowan
PART III: ALTERNATIVES TO COPYRIGHT: TRADE SECRET, TORT, AND SUI GENERIS PROTECTION OF FACTS
8. The Challenge of Protecting Trade Secret Information in a Digital World
Elizabeth A. Rowe
9. The Third Party Problem: Assessing the Protection of Information Through Tort Law
Sharon K. Sandeen
10. The Componentization of Information
Kristen Osenga
Index

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