Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies
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Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies

Edited by Tanya Aplin

This Handbook provides a scholarly and comprehensive account of the multiple converging challenges that digital technologies present for intellectual property (IP) rights, from the perspectives of international, EU and US law. Despite the fast-moving nature of digital technology, this Handbook provides profound reflections on the underlying normative legal dilemmas, identifying future problems and suggesting how digital IP issues should be dealt with in the future.
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Chapter 8: User generated content and its authors

Marta Iljadica


User generated content (UGC) may not be a novel form of creativity but it does present us with a conceptual category that has come to relatively recent, and sometimes spectacular, prominence because of the easy dissemination of such content online. UGC is ‘new’ in offering a primarily social approach to creative production. The copyright implications of UGC have been addressed within the literature largely in relation to the question of exceptions to infringement: this chapter considers the challenges which UGC poses to the operation of copyright rules regarding authorship and the subsistence of copyright.

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