Michael D Birnhack

in Colonial Copyright

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661138
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746147 | DOI:

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The Conclusion ties the threads together and provides a broad outline of the fate of colonial copyright in its Israeli reincarnation. In 1948, Israeli law adopted the then-existing British Mandatory law across the board, with minor changes that reflected the new state. In the course of the following decades, Israel occasionally amended copyright law, reflecting new international commitments, technological changes, and other developments. Courts, in the meantime, interpreted the law, initially and for about forty years, mostly along the lines of British law. In the 1990s we notice a gradual interpretive shift towards American copyright law. Only in 2007 did the Knesset replace the British laws, with a new Act. The conclusion returns to the model of colonial copyright, and points to further research questions, especially the image of the author as a national character.

Keywords: Israel; 1948; American influence; research questions; nationality

Chapter.  4723 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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