Colonial Copyright: Intellectual Property in Mandate Palestine

Hardcover | October 17, 2012

byMichael D. Birnhack

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When the British Empire enacted copyright law for its colonies and called it colonial, or Imperial, copyright, it had its own interests in mind. Deconstructing the imperial policy regarding copyright offers a startling glimpse into how this law was received in the colonies themselves.Offering the first in-depth study from the point of view of the colonized, this book suggests a general model of Colonial Copyright as it was understood as the intersection of legal transplants, colonial law, and the particular features of copyright, especially authorship.Taking as a case study the story of Mandate Palestine (1917-1948), the book details the untold history of the copyright law that became the basis of Israeli law, and still is the law in the Palestinian Authority. It queries the British motivation in enacting copyright law, traces their first,indifferent reaction, and continues with the gradual absorption into the local legal and cultural systems. In the modern era copyright law is at the forefront of globalization but this was no less true when colonial copyright first emerged. By shining a light on the introduction and reception ofcopyright law in Mandate Palestine, the book illuminates the broader themes of copyright law: the questions surrounding the concept of authorship; the relationship between copyright and the demands of progress; and the complications of globalization.

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When the British Empire enacted copyright law for its colonies and called it colonial, or Imperial, copyright, it had its own interests in mind. Deconstructing the imperial policy regarding copyright offers a startling glimpse into how this law was received in the colonies themselves.Offering the first in-depth study from the point of...

Michael Birnhack is a Professor of Law at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. He is fascinated by the way the law treats information and the interaction between law and culture. His research focuses on copyright, privacy, and freedom of expression, which he views as different aspects of information. Before joining Tel-Aviv University in 2007...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:375 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199661138

ISBN - 13:9780199661138

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Colonial Transplants2. Colonial Copyright3. The Making of British Colonial Copyright4. Legislating Copyright in Palestine5. Constructing Culture and the Image of the Hebrew Author6. Copyright Law and Social Norms7. Setting the Law in Motion8. Copyright on the Air9. Telegraphic News10. Arab Copyright11. At a CrossroadConclusion