• Maurizio BorghiEmail author


This chapter discusses how the process of European Union (EU) harmonisation of copyright and related rights has affected the way in which European legal systems define the status of an author. Despite the fact that EU harmonisation has focused mainly on the author’s economic rights in the framework of internal market, its influence on national laws is much broader and triggers a re-definition of the role of the author in the copyright system as a whole. In particular, EU law now recognises the exclusive standing of the natural person of the author in determining the subsistence and exercise of economic rights. This is mainly due to the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the EU, which has oriented the EU integration towards a stronger recognition of the status of an author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM)Bournemouth UniversityFern BarrowUK

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