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ERIC Number: EJ834481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISSN: ISSN-0740-624X
The Author as Agent of Information Policy: The Relationship between Economic and Moral Rights in Copyright
Wilkinson, Margaret Ann; Gerolami, Natasha
Government Information Quarterly, v26 n2 p321-332 Apr 2009
A historical and theoretical analysis of the copyright environment demonstrates that both the economic rights associated with copyright and the moral rights often associated with copyright perform social functions. The latter have not been as universally embraced or adopted as the former. The lack of enthusiasm for moral rights is argued to be because the social utility of this aspect of the copyright regime has gone largely unrecognized. In fact, moral rights ensure that the information needs of the public are being met because they enhance the ability to assess the authority and reliability of information. While historically this has not been as important as enhancing the supply of information, a function performed by the economic rights of copyright, in the context of the new information environment, the role played by moral rights is becoming increasingly important. Our thesis also defines the appropriate scope of moral rights protection in copyright. (Contains 44 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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