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Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Mar 2010

Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Free To Air? Legal Protection Of Tv Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Mar 2010

Free To Air? Legal Protection Of Tv Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Mar 2010

Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Feb 2010

Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Ree To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Feb 2010

Ree To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Feb 2010

Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Feb 2010

Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Feb 2010

Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...


Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb Feb 2010

Free To Air? – Legal Protection For Tv Program Formats, Neta-Li E. Gottlieb

Neta-li E Gottlieb

Television is only as strong as its programming. The use of program formats has slowly but surely developed into an important component of the television industry. This paper examines the surprising gap between the constantly growing, multi-billion-dollar trade of program formats and their unclear and contradictory legal treatment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I look at the characteristics of both the product at hand and the markets it serves to examine possible justification for legal protection. I argue that the use of the term “TV format” is misleading and that a clear separation between the unpublished and published stages of the ...