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A Creature of Statute: Copyright Law and Legal Formalism
Entertainment Law Review (2002)
  • Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University College of Law
Abstract
This article argues that copyright law is not just a creature of statute, but it is also a social and imaginative construct. It evaluates a number of critiques of legal formalism. Part 1 examines whether the positive rules and principles of copyright law are the product of historical contingency and political expediency. Part 2 considers the social operation of copyright law in terms of its material effects and cultural significance. Part 3 investigates the future of copyright law, in light of the politics of globalisation and the impact of new information technologies.
Keywords
  • Copyright law,
  • legal theory,
  • new historicism,
  • cultural studies,
  • cyber-law,
  • globalisation.
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Publication Date
February 1, 2002
Citation Information
Matthew Rimmer. "A Creature of Statute: Copyright Law and Legal Formalism" Entertainment Law Review Vol. 13 Iss. 2 (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew_rimmer/37/