January 15, 2011 by Nathan Fan (IPilogue Editor)
Nathan Fan is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School.
In this digital era where authors and creators are scrambling to regain a hold on the copyright in their works, Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino’s new book, Copyright, Contracts, Creators: New Media, New Rules, is a timely and compelling contribution to the world of copyright literature. Although creators in the music or film industries and the like have often taken the limelight when it comes to copyright discourse, D’Agostino’s book focuses on the oft-forgotten but equally important freelance writer. Her book carefully documents the history of copyright laws in relation to freelance writers and assesses the efficiency of those laws to address copyright contracting in the digital era. Ultimately, she argues that the copyright laws in the UK and other countries such as Canada and the US do not sufficiently address copyright contract issues, a central concern to freelancers, and are inadequate to resolve the ambiguity of new uses provided by advances in technology.