1st Edition

The Origin of Copyright
Expression as Knowing in Being and Copyright Onto-Epistemology

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ISBN 9780367756314
July 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Contemporary copyright was born in a heroic era of human history when technologies facilitated idea dissemination through the book trade reaching out mass readership. This book provides insights on the copyright evolution and how proprietary individual expression’s copyright protection forms an integral part of our knowing in being, driven by the advances of technology through the proliferating trading frameworks.

The book captures what is central in the process of copyright evolution which is an "onto-epistemological offset". It goes on to explain that copyright’s protection of knowing in originality’s delineation of expression and fair use/dealing’s legitimization of unauthorized use and being are not isolatable, but rather mutually implicated. While the classic strict determinism has been subject to an onto-epistemological challenge, the book looks at the proliferation of global trade and advent of information technology and how they show us the beauty and possibility of intra-dependence between copyright authorship, entrepreneurship, and readership, which calls for a fresh copyright onto-epistemology.

Building on its onto-epistemological critiques on the stakeholder, force, and mechanism of copyright evolution, the book helps readers understand why, not only copyright, but also law in general, and justice too, need to be onto-epistemologically balanced, as this is categorically imperative for being, the fundamental law of nature.

Table of Contents

1.The Origin of Copyright: Expression’s Onto-Epistemological Dynamics in Historical Perspective 2. Copyright Ontological Trilogy I: Internet Freedom’s Authorship-Readership Ontological Dynamics 3. Copyright Ontological Trilogy II: Secondary Creation and Fair Dealing’s Ontological Author Dynamics 4. Copyright Ontological Trilogy III: Contract Override’s Entrepreneurship-Readership Ontological Dynamics 5. Technology as the Copyright Onto-Epistemological Force: Technological Driving Force and Copyright Onto-Epistemological Integrity 6. Trade as the Copyright Onto-Epistemological Mechanism: Free Trade Proliferation and Copyright Onto-Epistemological Integrity 7. Copyright Onto-Epistemology: Knowing Is Being

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Wenwei Guan is an Associate Professor of Law at City University of Hong Kong.