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This is a reading list of Web sites and paper books that you can use to get informed about Open Content, licenses, copyright, and related issues.

See CcDebate for in depth discussion of CC-specific issues.


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European copyright law

  • Bertrand, André, Le droit d’auteur et les droits voisins, 2nd ed., Dalloz, Paris, 1999. (French)
  • Koktvedgaard, Mogens & Levin, Marianne, Lärobok i Immaterialrätt, 8th ed., Norstedts Juridik, Stockholm, 2004. (Swedish). A full coverage of Swedish IP law. Writen for law school students but still a good read for anyone who wants to understand Swedish IP law.
  • Levin, Marianne, Lärobok i Immaterialrätt, Supplement 2006, Upphovsrätt, Norstedts Juridik, Stockholm, 2006. (Swedish). A supplement covering recent copyright legislation and new case law.
  • Nordeman W, Vinck K & Herlin P, Urheberrecht und zum Urheberrechtsgesetz und zum urheberrechtswahmehmungsgesetz, 8th ed., Verlag W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, Berlin, Köln. (German)
  • Schricker, Gerard (editor), Urheberrecht, Kommentar, C.M. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, München, 1999. (German)
  • Shack, Haimo, Urheber- und Urhebervertragsrecht, 3rd ed., Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2005. (German)
  • Ulmer, Eugen, Urheber- und Verlagsrecht, 3rd ed., Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 1980. (German). A classic. Still worth reading if you want to understand copyright law from an European perspective.

U.K. copyright law

  • Cornish, William Rodolph & Llewelyn, David, Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Allied Rights, 5th ed., Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2003. A text book on U.K. (and EC) IP law for law school students, but well worth reading for everyone who needs a primer on the subject.

U.S. copyright law