Recent litigation in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France has placed at issue the electronic publishing rights of employee and freelance journalists, contributors to print periodicals. In all five national controversies, the proprietors of the print publications, without securing the writers' express authorization, disseminated their articles in a variety of electronic media, including CD-ROM, third-party databases, and websites. Judicial resolution of the disputes required parsing the respective rights, under local copyright law (and in some cases, labor law as well), of the authors of the contributions to the periodicals, and of the copyright owners of the collective works to which the writers had contributed.
Intellectual Property Law | Law
Jane C. Ginsburg,
Symposium on Electronic Rights in International Perspective: Introduction,
Colum.-VLA J. L. & Arts
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