October 21, 2009 by Daniel Kennedy
Daniel Kennedy is a JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall and is taking the Intellectual Property Theory course.
Like many words, “authorship” takes on distinct meaning in the realm of copyright law. However, it may be difficult to divorce historical values associated with the term even when it is used in the legal realm. In his article, “Copyright and Information Theory: Toward an Alternative Model of ‘Authorship’”, Alan L. Durham explores the paradigm of romantic authorship which he views as a persistent influence on modern American copyright doctrine. The romantic model, in Durham’s view, tends to misrepresent the author as a wielder of self-generated, personal, and even “magical” creative power. Thus, using the conceptual framework of information theory, Durham examines two alternative and more inclusive redefinitions of authorship.