Is Intellectual Property Pluralism Functional?
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Is Intellectual Property Pluralism Functional?

Edited by Susy Frankel

The international intellectual property (IP) law system allows states to develop policies that reflect their national interests. Therefore, although there is an international minimum standards framework in place, states have widely varying IP laws and differing interpretations of these laws. This book examines whether pluralism in IP law is functional when applied to copyright, patents and trademarks on an international basis.
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Chapter 14: ‘Copyright is an engine of free expression’ or ‘free expression is an engine of copyright’?

Chongnang Wiputhanupong

Abstract

This chapter discusses the various models and approaches to collective management of copyright and related rights in the EU. The models include mere representation of groups of authors’ structures, public bodies responsible – pursuant to the law – for managing authors’ rights, commercial companies and actual consortia. Competition law and national policies impact these bodies in different ways. This chapters looks at the effects of the different models, their goals and the problems of management of rights at EU level.

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