Osgoode Hall Law Journal


James A. Hayes

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“IN THE WORLD OF COPYRIGHT, an author is no sovereign despot in an inverted world of commodities. She is rather a citizen among others in the great Republic of Letters.”2 Abraham Drassinower thus concludes What’s Wrong With Copying? with an eloquent expression of its thesis. In this provocative book, Drassinower critiques fundamental copyright theory and posits a move to an inclusive philosophy that compensates for increasingly blurred lines between authors and publics. Drassinower argues for the construction of authors as speakers, works of authorship as instances of communication, audiences as interlocutors, and the public domain as a set of conditions underlying the equity of authors and users.3 Drassinower attempts to treat copyright on its own terms, championing a rights-based vision of copyright substantiated across six chapters.

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