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Copyright on the Internet: A Comparative Study

Copyright on the Internet: A Comparative Study

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Title: Copyright on the Internet: A Comparative Study
Author: El-Khair Ahmed Dafalla, Abobakr
Abstract: This dissertation aims to highlight the copyright challenges brought about by the Internet, summarize some of the legal instruments that are available to address them today both in the international law and in the national law of the US and Europe, and project what issues a Sudanese legislature should consider to make sure that the local legal framework for protection of creative content is ready to meet the demands of the Internet revolution. In so doing, the study focused on the most major challenges that the Internet poses for law-makers in the area of copyright law. The main objectives of this study are, firstly, to correct the common misunderstanding of the nature of the copyrighted materials that are published through the Internet by making it very clear that using the Internet as a media to publish copyrighted contents does not change the fact that, these contents are well protected by the law, and no body can use them without a proper consent from their owners being obtained. Secondly, the thesis, and through adopting the method of a comparative study, attempts to learn from other countries which have dealt with the new Internet challenges in their national laws. The findings of this study are found in chapter four, in which the whole thesis has been concluded and followed by number of recommendations for the urgent intention of the Sudanese legislature. In short, the study recommended that some new sections have to be added to the Copyright and Neighboring Protection Rights Act 1996 such as the need to insert new definitions for some terms such as the term "reproduction", vii "copying", "communication" and the term "making available". The study recommended also that some terms in the 1996 Act be revisited and amended to give its proper legal meaning, such as the term "broadcasting". Regarding the liability of the Internet intermediaries and the private international law rules to govern copyright online disputes which are largely untested under the Sudanese copyright law, we recommend that the Sudanese legislature should take a serious and urgent stand to deal with these most demanding issues.
Description: 106 Pages
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/10288
Date: 2015-05-05


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