22 September 2014

Off Label Uses of Laws?

Quick Note:

I stumbled across a reference to a case this morning which apparently says that an unskilled reproduction of an artist’s work could be defamatory, and am fascinated by the thought of being able to tag an additional claim on to the arguably banal 'copyright infringement' when protected works are not only reproduced without authorisation but also reproduced badly. After all, our copyright statute doesn't explicitly recognise misattribution; it only recognises non-attribution, and there's a bit of a lacuna there, to put it mildly.

Flippancy aside, I'm reminded of papers I've been seeing recently which argue that a viable way to counter revenge porn under US law (since nothing else seems to work) is via copyright law.

And the general idea of using laws for 'unapproved' purposes is growing on me... if only as an academic exercise.


(Krishnappa v Akhanda Nanda, (1938) 42 CWN 1045 is the case, incidentally. CWN is Calcutta Weekly Notes, as far as I know, but I haven't been able to access the judgment. In case you can, please do mail it to me. Thanks!)

(This post is by Nandita Saikia and was first published at Indian Copyright.)

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