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 8: Invitation for a ‘Europeanification’ of moral rights

Marie-Christine Janssens


In the sector of economic copyrights the European legislator has made great effort to establish a substantial acquis communautaire. The opposite is, however, true as regards moral rights, which have thus far entirely been left outside the scope of the various harmonization Directives. This chapter identifies the reasons why it has proven too difficult to achieve a European standard of protection for moral rights; argues why, in the digital age more than ever before, retaining such clean dividing line in the harmonization process between moral rights (not harmonized) and economic rights (increasingly harmonized) is no longer sustainable; and explores possible avenues for harmonising moral rights in the EU. Keywords: Copyright, moral rights, European harmonisation

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