PD7 is often confusing, largely as a result of failure to provide important explanations or definitions, or to tell the reader where that information can be found. Key terms, such as “edicts of law” and “formalities” remain undefined. Formalities are a principal topic of PD7; they deserve a more thorough description than the draft contains, addressing what formalities are, whether every declaratory obligation (or option) is a “formality,” or only those that go to the existence or enforcement of copyright (this is the Berne Convention meaning of “formality”).
Intellectual Property Law | Law
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Jane C. Ginsburg & June M. Besek,
Comments on Preliminary Draft 7 [black letter and comments],
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/faculty_scholarship/3958