Edinburgh Research Explorer

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Legal Definition of Authorship

Research output: Working paper

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Law School Working Papers


The paper discusses the debate arising from the Israeli case of Qimron v Shanks (2000) about the copyright (if any) in reconstructive editorial work on ancient documents, focusing particularly on the example provided by the Dead Sea Scrolls but also referring to other examples, in particular that of music, debated in the English Court of Appeal in Hyperion Records v Sawkins. It is argued that such reconstructive work attracts and deserves copyright for the reconstructing editor, and the opposed position is analysed critically.

    Research areas

  • Copyright, Reconstructive editorial work, Originality, Moral rights, Dead Sea Scrolls

ID: 16309571