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Information Technology Law: The Law and Society (4th edn)

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date: 24 June 2024

p. 25810. Digital creatives and copyright lawlocked

p. 25810. Digital creatives and copyright lawlocked

  • Andrew MurrayAndrew MurrayProfessor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science


This new chapter examines the sometimes fraught relationship between authors, publishers and distributors, and fans. While copyright law protects authors and creators, and while publishers and distributors benefit from either assigned copyright or specific copyright protection of distribution and transmission of content, fans are sometimes ‘shut out’. A flourishing online community of fan creators who produce written fanfiction, remixed music, and fan videos sometimes feel copyright law is designed to keep them at a distance from the creators and characters they love. This chapter examines where the balance should be drawn between copyright protection for original content and the interests of fans and other users in creating non-commercial derivative works. It concludes with a short discussion of computer-generated works as a form of original creation.

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