Journal Article

Is there free-riding? A comparative analysis of the problem of protecting publishing materials online in Europe

Silvia Scalzini

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 10, issue 6, pages 454-464
Published in print June 2015 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online April 2015 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jiplp/jpv052
Is there free-riding? A comparative analysis of the problem of protecting publishing materials online in Europe

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The article focuses on the questioned legitimacy of the activity of search engines and news aggregators in indexing and displaying news and articles. This matter has been debated on various occasions in Europe, in litigation, legislation and even competition. The discussion has mostly focused on the application of copyright law to such conduct, with special attention given to the nature of linking and publishing extracts of text.

The fundamental question that legal policy-makers should ask is whether the activity of new intermediaries is purely ‘parasitic’ or whether it helps to foster development and innovation. To what extent should it be blocked or enhanced?

After an overview of the functioning of new intermediaries, the problem is considered from an economic and political perspective. The article then examines the effects of existing case law, concluding with an analysis of the different models of regulation put in place by some European countries and their effectiveness.

Journal Article.  8859 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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