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1998

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Intellectual Property Law

Copyright ownership

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Ownership Of Electronic Rights And The Private International Law Of Copyright, Jane C. Ginsburg Jan 1998

Ownership Of Electronic Rights And The Private International Law Of Copyright, Jane C. Ginsburg

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When, in response to a French decision upholding the rights of employee journalists to prevent the publisher's unauthorized licensing of electronic rights in the journalists' articles, French newspaper publishers yearn for "American-style copyright," they must imagine a work-made-for-hire nirvana in which publishers dispose of all rights in contributions to their periodicals, heedless of (and legally shielded from) authors' pesty claims for payment or control. To the extent that the work-made-for-hire doctrine applies, the publishing paradise conjured up by these French fantasies of law "reform" is very real indeed. Under U.S. copyright law, employee creators are not statutory "authors;" their employer …