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Justine Pila

2009

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Works Of Artistic Craftsmanship In The High Court Of Australia: The Exception As Paradigm Copyright Work, Justine Pila Jan 2009

Works Of Artistic Craftsmanship In The High Court Of Australia: The Exception As Paradigm Copyright Work, Justine Pila

Justine Pila

In Burge v Swarbrick, the High Court of Australia delivered an important decision on the most elusive of works protected by copyright: the work of artistic craftsmanship (WAC). Drawing on the history and reasons for that protection, and adopting the analysis of Lord Simon in Hensher, the Court affirmed the orthodox view that such works have 'special status' in law on account of their 'real artistic quality'. In its judgment, whether a work has that quality depends on whether it is a work of craftsmanship the artistic form of expression of which is sufficiently 'unconstrained by functional considerations'. In this ...