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Title: Non-display uses of copyright works: Google Books and beyond
Authors: Borghi, MA
Karapapa, S
Keywords: Digital copyright;Digitization;Digital libraries;Non-display uses;Google books settlement agreement;Transformative uses;Data processing
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Citation: Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, 1(1): 21 - 52, Apr 2011
Abstract: With the advent of mass digitisation projects, such as the Google Book Search, a peculiar shift has occurred in the way that copyright works are dealt with. Contrary to what has so far been the case, works are turned into machine-readable data to be automatically processed for various purposes without the expression of works being displayed to the public. In the Google Book Settlement Agreement, this new kind of uses is referred to as “non-display uses” of digital works. The legitimacy of these uses has not yet been tested by Courts and does not comfortably fit in the current copyright doctrine, plainly because the works are not used as works but as something else, namely as data. Since non-display uses may prove to be a very lucrative market in the near future, with the potential to affect the way people use copyright works, we examine non-display uses under the prism of copyright principles to determine the boundaries of their legitimacy. Through this examination, we provide a categorisation of the activities carried out under the heading of “non-display uses”, we examine their lawfulness under the current copyright doctrine and approach the phenomenon from the spectrum of data protection law as could apply, by analogy, to the use of copyright works as processable data.
Description: Copyright @ 2011 The Authors
ISSN: 2045-9807
Appears in Collections:Law
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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