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The 1911 Copyright Act was the first globalising copyright law of the 20th century. This book is the first to trace not only the history of the Act, but also its legislative impact on national copyright laws in 9 countries, and the consequences of this transplantation of the law in a modern context.


This carefully researched and reflective work draws upon some of the best scholarship from Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Kingdom. The authors – academics and practitioners alike – situate the Imperial Copyright Act 1911 within their national laws, both historically and legally. In doing so, the book queries the extent to which the ethos and legacy of the 1911 Copyright Act remains within indigenous laws.

A Shifting Empire offers a unique global, historical view of copyright development and will be a valuable resource for policymakers, academic scholars and members of international copyright associations.

Contributors: T.G. Agitha, M. Birnhack, D. Daley, Y. Gendreau, N.S. Gopalakrishnan, N.-L.W. Loon, G. McLay, T. Pistorius, S. Ricketson, U.Suthersanen

2013 264 pp Hardback ISBN978 1 78100 308 4 Elgaronline

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