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'Copyright Law in the Digital Environment: Findings from a Study with Digital Artists' Copyright law emerged with the advent of the printing press of mass type and has evolved as newer technologies have emerged. Today it faces considerable challenges, both conceptual and practical, from the onslaught of digital technologies. The legal discourse on such challenges has been primarily theoretical and examined through the lens of technology, history and economics. But any input from the key human player, the author, has remained mostly absent from this discourse. This paper presents the key findings from the author's doctoral research project which takes as it starting point the inclusion of this human element in the discourse by employing socio-legal methodology. The objective of the research was to understand the artists' perception of present copyright law and it's role in their creative practice. As part of the research, a qualitative empirical study was conducted with digital artists based in UK and Ireland. The study uncovered interpretations of the artists as to key concepts in copyright law like author, work and relationship of author with the work; and their motivations and experiences in protecting their work. The findings were then used to take a fresh look at the conceptual challenges faced by copyright and related rights in the digital environment.
PeriodMay 2009
Event typeConference
LocationDenver, United KingdomShow on map