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Debates on Criteria of Copyrightability in Russia

https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2014-2-1-57-80

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Abstract

In codifying intellectual property rights, Russian legislators have left the issue of what standards of originality and creativity form the criteria for copyrightability amatter of debate. Nevertheless, this issue is crucial to answering questions about where the lower threashold for the copyrightability of a work lies. Indeed, it is essential to determining which intellectual works with an insignificant creative component but of high economic importance (e.g., databases, computer software, advertisement slogans or design work) are to be copyrightable. Analyses of debates in legal literature and court rulings issued over the past few years warrant the conclusion that there is a trend in favor of setting more relaxed standards of originality and creativity and granting copyright protection to works of low authorship. This article addresses the problem of identifying criteria for copyrightability and noncopyrightability in the Russian legal system. It models various types of demarcation criteria, and analyzes their strengths and weaknesses. It also describes the trend in Russian judicial practice of granting copyright protection to works of low authorship, whilst outlining some of the problems and contradictions that this entails. The article compares principles that have evolved under Russian law with similar principles used abroad, mainly in Germany.

About the Author

Andrey Kashanin
National Research University – Higher School of Economics
Russian Federation
Deputy Director of Institute of Legal Studies, National Research University – Higher School of Economics (17 Malaya Ordynka, Moscow, 119017, Russia)


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Kashanin A. Debates on Criteria of Copyrightability in Russia. Russian Law Journal. 2014;2(1):57-80. https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2014-2-1-57-80

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