International Copyright

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International Copyright: Principles, Law, and Practice surveys and analyzes the legal doctrines affecting copyright practice around the world, in both transactional and litigation settings. It provides a step-by-step methodology for advising clients involved in exploiting creative works in or from foreign countries. Written by two of the most esteemed experts of copyright law in the United States and Europe, this volume is a unique synthesis of copyright law and practice, taking into account the Berne Convention, the TRIPs Agreement, the ongoing harmonization of copyright in the European Union, and the impact of the Internet. National copyright rules on protectible subject matter, ownership, term, and rights are covered in detail and compared from country to country, as are topics on moral rights and neighboring rights. Separate sections cover such important topics as territoriality, national treatment and choice of law, as well as the treaty and trade arrangements that underlie substantive copyright norms.

International Copyright is an indispensable reference work for professionals involved with international copyright transactions or litigation, and is essential reading for copyright scholars.

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Paul Goldstein’s book is an amazingly complete analysis of copyright worldwide. It covers exhaustively not only national laws but also international treaties and their application in practice. This impressive volume reflects the vast erudition of its author and will be of precious use not only to practitioners but also to researchers and students.

Arpad Bogsch, Former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization

Praise for the First Edition

“This brave book will take a frontline position in the cohort of works dealing with international copyright because it is well-structured, knowledgeable, and above all readable. Since the U.S. joined the Berne Union in 1989, an account of the subject by a leading American scholar has been badly needed. Professor Goldstein’s work fills the gap splendidly.”
Professor W.R. Cornish, University of Cambridge

“Professor Paul Goldstein has long been recognized as the leading contemporary American authority on copyright. With his new one-volume treatise, Goldstein extends his mastery to another watershed field. His exceptionally well written treatment covers key principles of both international copyright law and comparative copyright law.”
Jane Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law; Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia University

“Professor Paul Goldstein’s presentation and subtle analysis of all international conventions in the field of copyright and neighboring rights, including TRIPs and European directives, is a pioneering masterpiece. It is brilliantly written and thoroughly structured, and will soon become an indispensable research tool for the entire international copyright community.”
Gerhard Schricker, Professor of Law, University of Munich; Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich

“Paul Goldstein has written a book which is not merely interesting but is likely to be a really useful tool. Previous books about international copyright have largely been recitations of the laws of different countries. Here, Paul Goldstein goes a lot further. He actually compares different laws and considers both the similarities and the differences in a constructive manner. His book will help copyright lawyers to understand better the fast changing world of copyright. I commend it.”
The Honorable Sir Robin Jacob, Judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales

“Paul Goldstein is well known as one of the world’s leading copyright experts. Now, he has written another great work in the field of copyright that reveals his mastery of international and comparative copyright law. It is a very valuable and reliable handbook for copyright practitioners both inside and outside the United States and a demanding and inspiring work for people studying copyright law beyond national borders.”
Dr. Paul Katzenberger, Head of Department of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich

“This landmark treatise with the appendix of treaties and EU directives is of the utmost importance for practice and theory. The author successfully analyzes legal issues in a well-organized system and with outstanding clarity. The book is not only a heuristic standard for practioners, but it also provides valuable insight enabling readers to more deeply consider the digital copyright problem in the Internet.”
Dr. Zentaro Kitagawa, Director, Kyoto Comparative Law Center