Copyright in the Digital Age

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Congratulations to Dr. Aislinn O’Connell

Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers Press Release 11 October 2016 Stationers’ Foundation Research Student gains PhD for copyright thesis A three-year bursary at UCL, organised and funded by the Stationers’ Foundation, charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, has enabled Aislinn O’Connell to be awarded a PhD for her […]

Fit for Change? Copyright for Publishers in the Digital Age – Abstract/Intro

Fit for Change? Copyright for Publishers in the Digital Age Aislinn O’Connell January 2016 Centre for Publishing Department of Information Studies University College London A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in University College London 1  I, Aislinn O’Connell, confirm that the work presented in this thesis is my own. Where information […]

Copyright thesis – Chapter 1 Literature Review

Chapter 1: Literature Review Introduction In order to conduct a literature review for this thesis, a grounding in the basics of copyright was first necessary. Thus, for the purposes of this thesis, a preliminary reading of core IP textbooks was conducted. While this established the basics of copyright, it also quickly became clear that it […]

Copyright thesis Chapter 2 – A Historical investigation of copyright

Chapter 2: A historical investigation of copyright Introduction Copyright claims its legislative origins in early eighteenth century Britain, some three hundred years ago, with the implementation of the Statute of Anne.1 However, no idea is formed in a vacuum. To claim that the Statue of Anne was the beginnings of copyright is to deny the […]

Copyright Thesis Chapter 3 – Legal Investigation

Chapter 3: A Legal Investigation of Copyright: Graduated Response Introduction With the advent of digital came the advent of online piracy. For consumers, the ability to reproduce and share files led to a proliferation of high-quality copies with no degradation; from a scratchy home taping of a radio song to a full-quality digital file, the […]

Copyright thesis Chapter 4 – Blocking initiatives

Chapter 4: A Legal Investigation of Copyright: Blocking Initiatives Introduction As discussed in the previous chapter, GR systems, in the beginning, focused on deterring the consumer from downloading illegal content, through the use of escalating penalties, and later through the use of educational redirection. However, there are other methods of enforcing copyright which focus not […]

Copyright thesis Chapter 5 – Copyright and the UK Economy

Chapter 5: Core Copyright and the UK Economy Introduction With the emphasis on the cost of piracy to the copyright industries, and the statement that copyright is preventing innovation which could be profitable to the UK economy, the question arises of what the actual economic contribution of the copyright industries to the UK GDP stood […]

Copyright thesis Chapter 6 – The Hargreaves Exceptions

Chapter 6: The Hargreaves Exceptions – A Case Study Introduction As the literature review demonstrated, there were repeated calls for exceptions to copyright in order to improve adaptation to the digital shift. Recommended exceptions varied from better access for disabled people to education and teaching exceptions, and in the UK were possible based on provisions […]

Copyright thesis Chapter 7 – Alternative approaches

Chapter 7: Alternative Approaches to Copyright Introduction Beyond legislative solutions to copyright enforcement and simplifying copyright use, it is important to note the attitudes of content creators, content users, related parties in copyright, and also of government towards copyright. It is also worth pointing out the inherent flexibility of copyright, and its adaptability to new […]

Copyright thesis – Conclusions

Conclusion This thesis has conducted an analysis of how copyright adapted to the digital shift, and considered whether it is fit for purpose in the face of the changes wrought by the shift to digital on the copyright framework, finally concluding that it is indeed generally fit for purpose in the digital age. This analysis […]

Index, List of Abbreviations, Tables of Cases & Legislation, Bibliography, Appendices 1&2

Index A EU, 15, 17, 31, 35, 36, 39, 40, 71, 72, 73, 118, 143, 147, 148, 162, 163, 165, 166, 167, 177, 185, 186, 187, 190, 191, 196, 197, 198, 201, 205, 206, 228, 234 European Commission, 24, 38, 147, 201, 217 European Parliament, 39, 41, 194, 201, 203, 204, 205, 228 European Union, […]

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