In 2012 the Dutch Copyright Act (‘Auteurswet’) will celebrate its centenary. The Act of 1912 is one of the world’s oldest ‘living’ acts in the author’s rights tradition. This conference will look at the characteristic elements of the Dutch Act from an international perspective. Four of the world’s most prominent experts on international and European copyright will query what the world of copyright may or may not have learned, or may yet learn, from the Dutch legislative experiment. Each presentation will be followed by a comment by a Dutch expert.Conference details here; registration here.
The conference will be officially opened by Dr Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In preparation of the conference sixteen scholars on Dutch copyright have agreed to write extensive papers on distinct aspects of the Dutch Act. These papers will be collected into a book to be published by DeLex and officially launched at the conference.
The conference will be held at the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (Royal Tropical Institute), Amsterdam, August 31, 2012.
In 1709 (or was it 1710?) the Statute of Anne created the first purpose-built copyright law. This blog, founded just 300 short and unextended years later, is dedicated to all things copyright, warts and all.
Monday, 6 August 2012
A Century of Dutch Copyright Law
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