|Current Developments of Copyright|
|copyright, public domain, Internet|
|The copyright law always keeps pace with the development of technology.
Copyright owner’s interest and the public’s interest have been in tension since the
origin of copyright. How to balance copyright owners against the public is the
essential issue in the digital age.
This article indicates the developments of copyright from 2003 to 2004. The
topics include the recent legislature in the U.S.A, the European Union and
Taiwan, and new cases about copyright term, substantial similarity, P2P filesharing,
the levy system, challenges of DMCA, hyperlink and pop-up ads. This
article is to strike a balance between copyright and the public domain for the
purpose of copyright—to promote the progress of the culture and arts.