Literary Characters in Intellectual Property Law

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Literary Characters in Intellectual Property Law

9781788114318 Edward Elgar Publishing
Jani McCutcheon, Associate Professor, Law School, University of Western Australia, Australia
Publication Date: February 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78811 431 8 Extent: c 302 pp
This ground-breaking book critically interrogates how literary characters are regulated under copyright, moral rights, and trademark law, challenging important foundations that underscore engagement with literary characters. Using interesting examples, and referencing literary theory, Literary Characters in Intellectual Property Law offers an in-depth exploration of both the law and the diverse and conflicting interests that are impacted by literary character appropriation, incorporating the perspectives of owners, authors, appropriators, and consumers.

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This ground-breaking book critically interrogates how literary characters are regulated under copyright, moral rights, and trademark law. Using interesting examples, Literary Characters in Intellectual Property Law offers an in-depth exploration of both the law and the diverse and conflicting interests that are impacted by literary character appropriation, incorporating the perspectives of appropriators, authors, consumers and owners.

The author challenges and corrects fundamental assumptions and misconceptions about intellectual property rights claims to literary characters, questioning some important foundations that underscore commercial, cultural, legal and social engagement with literary characters. With critical analysis of issues such as copyright, the moral right of integrity, registered and unregistered trademarks, and exceptions to infringement, as well as references to literary theory, the book also has interdisciplinary appeal across the social sciences.

Providing an excellent addition to the literature regarding cultural studies and the law, this book will be of practical use for academics, students, lawmakers, legal practitioners, and professionals with an interest in literary character appropriation. It will also be a thought-provoking resource for students both in intellectual property law, and any of the social sciences engaging with literature and the arts.
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