Title: The purpose of copyright protection in Jordan and Canada: a brief comparison

Authors: Saleh Al-Sharieh

Addresses: Faculty of Law-Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, Canada

Abstract: A just copyright model can only be found where copyright protection is provided according to the principle of |balance| that equally considers the interests of authors to receive a just reward for their intellectual products and the interests of the public in accessing and labouring upon those products. Balance is not acknowledged in Jordan, for the second element thereto – the public users – is not on the agenda of the Jordanian copyright policy makers, and has been replaced with the goal of luring Foreign Direct Investment (|FDI|) to the country. Conversely, Canadian copyright law articulates balance as its sole purpose.

Keywords: Jordan; Canada; copyright law; copyright protection; balance; FDI; foreign direct investment; public interest; fair dealing; first-sale doctrine; TPMs; FTAs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2008.019334

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2008 Vol.2 No.2, pp.97 - 115

Published online: 07 Jul 2008 *

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