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Insights into the systems of copyright protection traditions

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15-04-2014

Author: Inese Kalnāja-Zelča

Jurista Vārds
, No. 15 (817) 15.04.2014

Due to the territorial principle, an author or a subject of neighbouring rights does not have the rights that would be of the same content and valid all over the world, but rather an independent national package of rights, the content whereof, as well as preconditions of protection and means of intervention are determined by the law of each particular national country. The international law on copyright and neighbouring rights has been developing on the basis of the national law, and therefore the knowledge of the prevailing national legal traditions and their differences that have affected the wording of the provisions of international agreements contributes to its correct understanding.

When reading foreign literature, we should always keep in mind the differences that exist in the countries with the general legal system and the legal system of the continental Europe in the field of copyright protection. Considering the fact that the Latvian legal literature does not provide much information on these differences, the author of this publication offers a summary of a variety of sources regarding the major differences, which may prove useful to students studying the subject of copyright or neighbouring rights or to foreign researchers of copyright literature.

Full article in Latvian language available HERE.

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