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EU Copyright Law

EU Copyright Law

A Commentary

Elgar Commentaries series

Edited by Irini A. Stamatoudi and Paul Torremans

Presenting a comprehensive and up to date article-by-article analysis of all EU law in the area of copyright, as well as of the underlying basic concepts and principles, this unique book takes into account all recent legislative amendments and pending initiatives in the context of the EU Digital Agenda, as well as the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Published as part of the Elgar Commentaries series, it discusses challenges for the future that will underpin copyright in the years to come. It also presents ongoing discussions in WIPO and assesses the role of copyright in society and economy both from an EU and an international perspective. It is a thorough and in-depth analysis from a team of leading experts in the field, which combines aspects of theory and practice and places copyright in perspective.


Olivier Vrins

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


'Used as a noun, any child would be able to describe the archetypal pirate just by listing his most characteristic features: the wooden leg, the hook for a hand, the unkempt beard and the eye patch, which are the inevitable price of choosing such a risky way of life, full of adventures and dangers. […] The noun is used, by extension, as an adjective, particularly in conjunction with goods, referring to their lack of authenticity or the unorthodox means used to put them on the market. But this definition contrasts with the real spoils obtained by these characters, because the riches that they stole were never considered illegal, only their seizure by force from the rightful owners [were]. One poet, in an ode to rebellion typical of that era, wrote that his ship was the pirate's most valued possession, prized above all the fabulous stolen treasures.' It was thus that the late lamented Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer, who was visibly in a good mood on 8 April 2008, tried to define the concept of 'piracy' - in a case which, in passing, was not only nothing to do with copyright law but was, furthermore, to do with genuine goods. Even for intellectual property law specialists, the concept of 'piracy' is not without ambiguity. It is generally applied to goods produced by infringing copyright or related rights.

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