By Michael D. Birnhack

while the British Empire enacted copyright legislations for its colonies and referred to as it colonial, or Imperial, copyright, it had its personal pursuits in brain. Deconstructing the imperial coverage concerning copyright bargains a startling glimpse into how this legislation used to be bought within the colonies themselves. supplying the 1st in-depth examine from the perspective of the colonized, this ebook indicates a basic version of Colonial Copyright because it used to be understood because the intersection of legal
transplants, colonial legislations, and the actual positive factors of copyright, particularly authorship.

Taking as a case examine the tale of Mandate Palestine (1917-1948), the booklet info the untold historical past of the copyright legislation that turned the foundation of Israeli legislation, and nonetheless is the legislation within the Palestinian Authority. It queries the British motivation in enacting copyright legislation, strains their first, detached response, and maintains with the sluggish absorption into the neighborhood felony and cultural platforms. within the smooth period copyright legislations is on the leading edge of globalization yet this used to be no much less true
when colonial copyright first emerged. by means of shining a gentle at the creation and reception of copyright legislation in Mandate Palestine, the ebook illuminates the wider topics of copyright legislation: the questions surrounding the idea that of authorship; the connection among copyright and the calls for of
progress; and the problems of globalization.

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