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date: 03 December 2020

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Copyright law grants authors the exclusive right to ‘authorize’ publication of their work. For publication to occur, publisher and author must enter into an agreement where the author either assigns copyright or grants a licence to the publisher to ‘use’ the work for publication purposes. Copyright fundamentally defines the relationship between author and publisher. It is the foundation on which any and all activities undertaken by the publisher must be built. With the development of digital technologies, however, the basic premise that dissemination of a work can be controlled has become increasingly unrealistic. Technology therefore presents a fundamental challenge to the integrity of copyright law. Given the importance of copyright for publishing, the modern copyright landscape has far-reaching implications for publishing. This chapter offers an overview of modern copyright law in the digital environment, and argues that these changes will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of publishing.

Keywords: Copyright, authors, culture, technology, creativity, law, legal, intellectual property, Internet, communication

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