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Auf dem Weg zu einem Urheberrecht für das 21. Jahrhundert


  • Till Kreutzer


The article describes the challenges of copyright protection in the digital world. Starting from the observation that copyright is one of the most disputed regulative systems in the 21st century, it analyses the reasons for the intensity of the public and political debate. The analysis comes to the conclusion that the main reason for this is the radical change of impact copyright law has undergone since computers and Internet access found their way into almost every household. What was designed as a regulative system for professional market players became a statutory code of conduct for the general public. However, the necessary steps to acknowledge this elementary change were never taken by the legislators. The article concludes that a copyright that affects professional authors, rights holders, prosumers and consumers alike needs significant conceptual modifications. Several proposals for short-, middle- and long-term changes of the copyright systems are offered. Copyright ZBW and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

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  • Till Kreutzer, 2012. "Auf dem Weg zu einem Urheberrecht für das 21. Jahrhundert," Wirtschaftsdienst, Springer;German National Library of Economics, vol. 92(10), pages 699-705, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:wirtsc:v:92:y:2012:i:10:p:699-705
    DOI: 10.1007/s10273-012-1441-9

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    D23; K11; O34;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital


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