Why Are Related Rights the Best Mechanism?

  • Sunimal Mendis
Part of the Munich Studies on Innovation and Competition book series (MSIC, volume 11)


As observed in Chap.  6, of the available mechanisms for the protection of digitised versions of rare documents, copyright law provides an established legal framework aimed at balancing the interests of copyright owners and users of copyright protected content. However, as demonstrated in Chap.  7, a digitised version would not fulfil the required standard of originality to qualify for copyright protection within the existing EU law framework. Thus, it is necessary to find a suitable alternative mechanism for the regulation of digitised versions that would be able to achieve an effective balance between the competing interests of users and producers. It is argued that the best strategy would be to bring the regulation of digitised versions under the related rights framework that exists within EU law.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sunimal Mendis
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany

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