TO AN “USER-GENERATED-COPYRIGHT“
Requirements for a modern copyright in the digital age
Sparkling Science Research Projekt (01/2015 - 01/2017)
During the last decade, the ways of distributing und consuming copyrighted creations have radically changed. In the light of an emerging ‘digital economy’, which is especially fostered by a wide availability of broadband-technologies, cloud-computing services and changed user habits, the traditional concept of copyright is subject to a broad public debate. It becomes more and more common to distribute digital copies of works not only on tangible media, but also via online accessible platforms. Nowadays, users “buy” and more often “consume” digital goods online. From a legal, economic and social perspective, this paradigm-shift rigorously challenges the classical copyright doctrine, which follows an “analogue-world”-approach. Thus, this research project is aiming to provide a definition of relevant prerequisites for a modern, well-balanced copyright system, which is based on a broad social consensus.