An alternative primer on
national and international copyright law
in the global South:
eighteen questions and answers
José Guadalupe Posada
Primer- Text only (596 kb)
Primer - Cover and text (3.29mb)
ABSTRACT: What are the basic nuts and bolts (and traps and dead ends) of copyright law? Who owns copyright (hint: it is usually not the author)? What rights do users have? Do international copyright conventions work in the interest of the peoples of the world, and, if not, why not? These are a few of the questions that are taken up and answered in “An alternative primer on national and international copyright law in the global South: eighteen questions and answers” published by the CopySouth Research Group. The intended audience: librarians, musicians, downloaders and book readers, information activists, students, and others who want to know how the copyright system actually works in practice in your country of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In 68 pages of straightforward and non-legalistic writing, this primer tries to unpack and explain a number of both simple and complicated concepts. You will NOT find it on the list of texts recommended by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)…. but your comments via this website are welcome (see comment form below).
*Alan Story teaches intellectual property law at Kent Law School in the United Kingdom.