Non-Conventional Copyright
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Non-Conventional Copyright

Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?

Edited by Enrico Bonadio and Nicola Lucchi

This book draws a picture of possible new spaces for copyright. It expands on whether modern copyright law should be more flexible as to whether new or unconventional forms of expression - including graffiti, tattoos, land art, conceptual art and bio art, engineered DNA, sport movements, jokes, magic tricks, dj-sets, 3D printing, works generated by artificial intelligence, perfume making, typefaces, illegal and immoral works - deserve protection. The contributors offer authoritative, coherent and well-argued essays focusing on whether copyright can subsist in these unconventional subject matters.
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Chapter 17: Copyrightability of engineered DNA sequences

Nicola Lucchi


This chapter focus on copyright as a possible and additional form of intellectual property protection for engineered DNA sequences. Considering the evolving conception of copyright subject matter, the current narrow patent-eligible protection over living organisms and the advance of emerging technosciences like synthetic biology, the chapter looks with a renewed interest to copyright law as an additional potential form of protection for engineered biological creations. In particular, the contribution of this chapter is to reveal that copyright seems not only flexible enough to handle contemporary technologies producing living organisms, but also socially preferable to patent protection for accessing and using essential public knowledge assets in the life sciences.

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