The International Framework for the Protection of Authors: Bendable Boundaries and Immovable Obstacles

Ricketson, Sam

This Article is concerned with the international framework within which authors’ rights in their works are protected and exploited. It is not about brave new worlds that might exist outside or beyond this framework where rights and usages are reconceived and restructured on some totally new basis, but instead with what that framework presently allows and facilitates. The Article is therefore pragmatic in its approach, simultaneously seeking to expose the potential flexibilities and gaps within the international framework that may enable the realization of some, at least, of the objectives of those who would seek to reform and reformulate copyright laws. Indeed, it may be that there is a brave new world for the protection of authors’ rights that is embedded within the interstices of the present international framework just waiting to be uncovered and realized.


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November 12, 2018