Research Handbook on Copyright Law
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Research Handbook on Copyright Law

Second Edition

Edited by Paul Torremans

This second edition is a timely presentation of the state-of-the-art in copyright research. Copyright law is currently at the centre of many debates and the subject of substantive new developments. The new edition of the Research Handbook captures these fast moving developments and goes far beyond a mere update of the chapters. All of the topical chapters are completely new and the authors have been chosen for their expertise and excellence in the areas concerned. Research Handbook on Copyright Law offers global coverage, both in terms of substance and in terms of author expertise, and maps both the present and future of the discipline. It will prove an invaluable research tool for all those involved in copyright research who wish to keep up with the pace at which this area of law is evolving.
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Chapter 2: Copyright history as book history: the law in multidisciplinary context

Myra J. Tawfik


This chapter explores the intersection between copyright’s legal history and book history. It discusses the ways in which copyright history is used within the legal discourse and suggests that more rigorous historical approaches should be adopted. Situating copyright’s legal history within the larger framework of book history provides a more accurate reflection of the ways in which the law was used in practice by creators, publishers and users of copyright works. It sheds light on the question of whether the law’s policy objectives were realized in practice. Understanding this broader, multidisciplinary copyright history offers greater opportunity to engage in similar reflections about the state of contemporary copyright law and policy. Keywords: copyright law, copyright policy, legal history, book history, book and print culture, multidisciplinary studies

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