1st Edition

Digitization, Copyright and the Law Copyleft and the Future of Intellectual Property

By Ettore M. Lombardi Copyright 2025
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book discusses copyleft and its impact on the traditional way to conceive of property. It is specifically focused on the European and International juridical framework.

    Analysing the impact of digitalization on copyright and the potential effect of copyleft in the European market and within a European and International juridical framework, this book explores the complex evolutionary framework which charts the reduction of physical property and the progressive expansion of intangible assets. Although digitalisation enables more accessibility than ever before, this impacts traditional intellectual property frameworks. Evaluating common traits of ownership structure, the book considers the challenges that intangible property, open source and creative commons present to the current legal system. Examining the impact of copyleft on copyright and the law of ownership, the book considers the rights of authors and creators, legal limits and complications arising from these new forms of ownership of intangible assets the book is grounded in the European potential regulatory framework of copyleft through movements like open-source software.

    The book will be of interest to students, academics and practitioners with an interest in Contract Law, Property Law and Intellectual Property Law.

    Foreword by David Tan

    Introduction by Richard Thompson Ford

    A Note by Orit Fischman-Afori




    1. The Digital Revolution and Evolving Social-Economic Dynamics

    2. Property in the Frame of the Digital Domain

    3. Navigating Property Dynamics in the Digital Sphere: Striking a Balance between access and Inclusiveness within a Shifting Paradigm

    4. Copyleft as a Paradigm of Shifting in Property Conceptualization?






    Ettore M. Lombardi, a Professor of Private Law and International Business Law at the University of Florence, is also a practicing lawyer. He co-directs the Executive Courses on Alternative Investment at Queen Mary University of London and on Art & Law at the University of Florence, Université de Genève, and Gallerie degli Uffizi. His academic qualifications include degrees from various prestigious institutions, an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, and advanced certificates in AI (Saïd Business School at Oxford University), Business Sustainability Management (Cambridge University), and Sustainable Finance (Cambridge University). Currently, he holds positions as Research Fellow and Visiting/Senior Fellow at various prestigious and gloabally recognized institutions.