In 2000 Compiler Press undertook a project
to 'deep link' world-wide
web pages concerning copyright, i.e., essentially printer's rights in the
Anglosphere Common Law tradition as opposed to author's
rights in the European Civil Code tradition. Initially
it was planned to maintain and update the site but in 2002 as I began my
doctoral program and the project was placed on hold. With
closure of my American webhost of 11 years on October 31, 2009 -
Atfreeweb - links to articles posted before that date are generally
broken. Readers are directed to my
Alphabetic Bibliography to access most references. Sorry for the
At present four limitations must be mentioned. First, the
site is dated. New
sites and relevant pages have surface and many then disappeared over the
course of 7 years. Users are invited to inform the editor of
broken links and/or revised ones as well as recommend
new sites and/or pages for inclusion. Additions and changes will be
made when possible and reported under
Second, while an effort has been made to standardize
presentation of mailing addresses, phone and fax numbers and other
information, some have resisted the editor's experience and expertise.
If there are problems, please advise. Third,
the information provided is only a
guide. It is not exhaustive and is not an authoritative statement
of the law or rules and regulations of the countries and international organizations reported. Please seek independent
legal counsel before acting on any matter reported in this web
site. Fourth, while full attribution
and home page references are provided if any organization or individual
objects to 'deep links' to their site, please advise the editor and they
will be removed.
The site is divided into eight sections: Author, Country,
Institute, Journal, Media, Multilateral, Topic and the Library. Some sections are
currently operational; others are not. Over time all will become
operational and each will be continually updated and extended through
the addition of new web resources.
A number of authors have made significant contributions
to the debate about copyright either in quality and/or quantity. Links
to their web sites and some of their web works are provided in alphabetic
order. Such works are cross-referenced by country, institute, journal,
media and topic when and where appropriate. This section is currently
operational but dated.
For each country, sites are organized by type:
Academic Institutions: educational sites including primary,
secondary and tertiary educational institutions as well as individual
Collectives: institutions and organizations responsible
for the collection and distribution of copyright royalties;
Nonprofit: industry and trade associations as well as
public interest' organizations;
Profit: commercial for-profit organizations and
businesses including law firms; and,
Public: government and quasi-governmental organizations
In turn, each site is classified by discipline:
the written and spoken word;
the computer-generated, recorded and/or broadcast sound and/or image –
moving or still;
the live stage – Dance, Music, Opera & Theatre; and,
the image in two or three dimensions including architecture and the
Law: national and international copyright law;
Software: computer programs and games; and,
All: all art forms as well as the internet, law and software.
This classification represents a compromise. On the
one hand copyright historically extended only to works of art (as human
readable codified knowledge) and properly references the Arts Industry.
On the other hand there is the reality of software copyright which I do
not believe belongs under copyright (see my
Software: Copyright, Patent or Something Else?). For my
Arts Industry includes all profit, nonprofit and public enterprise
including incorporated and unincorporated businesses as well as
self-employed individuals who:
i - use one or more of the Arts as a
primary factor of production, e.g. in advertising, copywriting,
fashion, graphic, industrial & product design as well as WWW, TV, radio,
magazine and newspaper publishing;
ii - rely on one or more of the Arts
as a 'tied-good' in consumption, e.g. home entertainment hardware
and software; or,
iii - produce one or more of the Arts
as their final output, i.e. they create, produce, distribute
and/or conserve goods and services in the Literary, Media, Performing or
Given copyright is a cultural artefact that
varies country to country, this section represents the core of the site.
With the exception of Multilateral sections information reported by author, institute, journals, media
and topics is cross-referenced by country when and where appropriate. This
section is currently operational but dated.
A number of institutes specialize in the study of
copyright and other forms of intellectual property. Links to these
institutes, in alphabetical order, are provided together with relevant
studies conducted under their auspices. Institutes are
country, journal, media and topic when and where appropriate. This
section is now operational but dated.
A number of specialized journals publish articles and
studies on copyright and other forms of intellectual property. Links to
such journals, in alphabetical order, are provided together with
relevant articles and studies. In addition major magazines and other
periodicals, e.g. Atlantic Monthly and Scientific American,
from time to time publish significant articles about copyright.
Journals, magazines and periodicals are also cross-referenced by country,
institute, media and topic when and where appropriate. This section is
operational but dated.
Copyright varies according to medium of expression,
i.e., the matrix in which knowledge is fixed in order to receive
Available web resources will be organized according to the
following media of expression: literary, media, performing & visual
arts; internet; and, software. Web resources by media will also be
by country, institute, journal and topic when and where appropriate.
This section is not operational.
Copyright operates not just at the national level but
also at the international plane including bilateral (between two
countries) and multilateral (between more than two countries)
relations. Agreements, conventions, covenants and treaties govern the
application of national copyright law. The Multilateral section is
divided into two parts:
I - Agencies: including the International Federation of
Library Associations and Institutions (INFLA), International Federation
of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), International Criminal
Police Organization (INTERPOL), Internet Society (ISOC), United Nations
Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World
Intellectual Property Organizations (WIPO) and the World Trade
Organization (WTO); and,
II - Instruments: including 62 global and regional
copyright and related agreements, conventions, covenants and treaties as well as UNESCO
This section is currently operational.
Copyright has many dimensions. These include: administration, comparative studies, international
copyright, moral rights, infringement, ownership, neighboring rights,
performer's rights, remedies, royalties, term, and works in which
copyright subsists. Web resources by topic will cross-referenced by author,
country, institute, journal and multilateral, when and where
appropriate. This section is not operational.
The Library is a collection of works by other authors
which I have made web accessible because of their perceived importance.
I also include my own copyright related works.