Judge-made EU Copyright Harmonisation: The case of originality

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dc.contributor.author ROSATI, Eleonora
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-30T15:32:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-30T15:32:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Florence : European University Institute, 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/24616
dc.description Defence date: 22 October 2012 en
dc.description Examining Board: Professor Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge; Professor Hans W Micklitz, European University Institute; Professor Jeremy Phillips, Queen Mary University of London; Professor Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute (Supervisor).
dc.description.abstract Over the last few years, political and academic attention has focused on the future of copyright at the EU level. Following two decades of piecemeal legislative interventions, which have resulted in a limited harmonisation of the copyright laws of EU Member States, a debate has ensued as to the feasibility and desirability of achieving full copyright harmonisation at the EU level. This might be obtained either through a EU copyright code, encompassing a codification of the present body of EU copyright directives, or by way of a regulation (to be enacted pursuant to new Article 118(1) TFEU), aimed at creating an optional unitary copyright title. Thus far, however, no such legislative initiatives have been undertaken. Despite this impasse, the CJEU has notably been acting in a proactive way, inching towards full harmonisation. With its 2009 decision in Case C-5/08 Infopaq, the Court provided a EU-wide understanding of an important principle of copyright: the originality requirement. The CJEU further elaborated upon this in subsequent case law (notably, Case C-393/09 Bezpečnostní Softwarová Asociace, Joined Cases C-403/08 and C-429/08 Murphy, Case C-145/10 Painer, Case C-604/10 Football Dataco and Case C-406/10 SAS). The meaning of originality adopted by the CJEU as a EU-wide standard is akin to that envisaged in continental Member States’ copyright laws, thus differing from the loose notion of originality under UK law. As such, an examination as to the implications of CJEU harmonising jurisprudence in this Member State shall be undertaken, with regard to the scope of copyright protection and subject-matter categorisation. Overall, this contribution wishes to assess how, and to what extent, CJEU case law has resulted in de facto EU copyright harmonisation. In addition, it will attempt to foresee the fate of EU copyright in light of copyright reform projects which are currently being discussed in political and academic circles both in the US and Europe.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of Law
dc.relation.hasversion http://hdl.handle.net/1814/29038
dc.title Judge-made EU Copyright Harmonisation: The case of originality en
dc.type Thesis en


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