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Constructing European Intellectual Property

Constructing European Intellectual Property

Achievements and New Perspectives

European Intellectual Property Institutes Network series

Edited by Christophe Geiger

This detailed study presents various perspectives on what further actions are necessary to provide the circumstances and tools for the construction of a truly balanced European intellectual property system. The book takes as its starting point that the ultimate aim of such a system should be to ensure sustainable and innovation-based economic growth while enhancing free circulation of ideas and cultural expressions. Being the first in the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) series, this book lays down some concrete foundations for a deeper understanding of European intellectual property law and its complex interplay with other fields of jurisprudence as well as its impact on a broad array of spheres of social interaction. In so doing, it provides a well needed platform for further research.

Chapter 13: The Wittem Project of a European Copyright Code

Thomas Dreier

Subjects: law - academic, european law, intellectual property law

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In the European Union with its focus on the single market, the question of unification of national legal systems is on the agenda. As is commonly known, the progress of unification has reached different stages. Partly, common law has been established; partly the efforts rather followed the path of harmonization of national laws, at least for the time being. As regards general civil law, which more than any other legal field has developed out of national traditions of EU Member States, the European Commission currently encourages the elaboration of transnational principles by legal scholars which shall lead to the creation of a European Contract Law.

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