“It doesn’t belong to the internet”: copyright reform for user-generated content. / Maguire, Rachel.

In: Intellectual Property Quarterly, Vol. 3, 12.09.2022, p. 141-168.

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The article interrogates the popular view among users that UGC exists beyond the regulation of copyright law - that it 'belongs to the internet' – and uses this to underpin a critique of the law and to contribute to existing UGC-focused copyright reform discussions. It considers the legal and normative positions of UGC, the causes and implications of widespread misunderstanding in this area, and how reform proposals risk entrenching this issue. The article supports its argument in part through original qualitative research findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-168
JournalIntellectual Property Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2022

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