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Copyright User Rights and Remedies: An Access to Justice Perspective

Professor Pascale Chapdelaine’s article, “Copyright User Rights and Remedies: An Access to Justice Perspective” has just been published in the special issue of LAWS: “Intellectual Property Law in the New Technological Age: Rising to the Challenge of Change?”



In contemporary copyright law, there is an ongoing debate around the nature and scope of the rights users should have to copyright works, exacerbated by ongoing technological developments. Within that debate, this article queries the value of looking at the remedies users may have against copyright holders restricting their legitimate uses of works, as a means to further elucidate the nature and scope of user rights. While there is some value in looking at remedies to situate copyright user rights, an access to justice perspective to rights and remedies suggests that such approach may be too limiting with respect to the position of potential claimants in a legal system. On that basis, this paper identifies structural deficiencies of copyright user rights and proposes an analytical framework towards achieving greater “justice for users” both in the realm of public law and private law. View Full-Text



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