We talk about the author’s rights and the new book “Copyright, Creativity, Big Media, and Cultural Value: Incorporating the Author” by Kathy Bowrey. Kathy is a legal historian, socio-legal researcher, and Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW (the University of New South Wales), Sydney, Australia.
Hello! From Washington, DC. This is Episode 8. Today we will have a captivating talk about the author’s rights and the book “Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value: Incorporating the Author”
Our guest a university professor, legal historian and socio-legal researcher will tell us about her latest book. But before let’s talk about the author’s exclusive rights.
In episodes 2 and 3, we talked about copyright. In episode 2, I took a general overview of copyright, and in episode 3, we talked about copyright in the film industry. Today we will talk focus on the exclusive rights that an author has over his/her/their work. Do you remember which are the 2 types of rights that exist? Moral rights and economic rights. Moral rights are the right to be recognized as the author of the work, the protection of the work's integrity, and the author's reputation, among others. And the economic ones allow the author to receive the fruit of his/her/their work. Let's dive into three economic rights: reproduction, distribution, and public communication. The author is the only one who can make or authorize copies of his/her/their work, which is known as reproduction. Typically this exclusivity extends from the physical to the virtual level, with some clear exceptions. Therefore, the author can, for example, act against unauthorized digital copies. In addition to having the right to authorize copies, the author has the right to allow their sale. The author has the right to determine the commercial channels through which the work will be offered to the public. But wait, here we find a critical limit, which is known as the first sale. There are different applications to this limitation. If an authorized copy of the book is sold in an authorized bookstore and the person who buys it sells it to a secondhand bookstore. In most cases, the author cannot prevent that second sale or seek profit from it. Thanks to this limitation, we have the used book market. The author has the exclusive right to communicate with the public, which usually corresponds to wire or wireless transmission. The songs that we listen to in public spaces must pay a fee to their owners. In practice, this is handled by an agreement with copyright management organizations, where an establishment such as a hotel or restaurant pays periodically to use their musical repertoire. Other economic rights, such as translation, adaptation, and interpretation, will be discussed in other episodes. Now let’s talk with our guest and discover the book “Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value: Incorporating the Author”. |
Today we have the great pleasure of talking with a scholar whose research explores laws and practices that inform knowledge creation and the production, distribution and reception of technology and culture.
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