Copyright, Data and Creativity in the Digital Age: A Journey through Feist

1st Edition

Julian Warner

Routledge
September 2, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 176 Pages - 29 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367902858 - CAT# 354046
Series: Routledge Research in Intellectual Property

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Summary

The Supreme Court of the United States in Feist v. Rural (1991) required that databases must have a minimal degree of creativity for copyright. The judgment was highly significant and the subsequent period is understood as the post-Feist era. It has been globally influential. However, the decision is extremely complex and remains unsatisfactorily interpreted. In particular, it has been impossible to illuminate the creativity requirement.

The book gives an account of the decision’s conceptual structure, focusing on its full delineation of the opposite to creativity. In a radical and unprecedented innovation, it is correlated with an automatic computational process. Creativity itself is understood as non-computational or directly human activity concerned with meaning. Determining the presence of creativity is reduced to a four-stage test. This work then has acute practical current relevance to property in data in the digital age. It will also be of theoretical interest.

The work is aimed at researchers, practitioners, and students in intellectual property worldwide.

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