1st (en)lightening talk with Thorsten Lauterbach

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On the 29th of April (h. 14.00-15.00), Thorsten Lauterbach (Robert Gordon University) will open our series of (en)lightening talks on 'What's my share?’ Are the stars aligning for non-dominant joint authors after Martin v Kogan?


Copyright law has long recognised collaboration - rather than the romantic view of the individual genius - as source of creative output. In many situations, collaborators contribute to a work unequally, and it is here where non-dominant contributors have often met unsurmountable obstacles along the path towards being acknowledged as joint authors.

Thorsten's talk seeks to explore some of the aspects that feed into the debate in the context of the recent Martin v Kogan litigation on the screenplay for the Florence Foster Jenkins movie. Has the traditional discrepancy between the originality requirement for the purposes of copyright infringement on the one hand and joint authorship contribution been finally overcome? Is there a willingness by courts to embark on a more detailed analysis of authorial contribution when assessing its corresponding pro rata ownership share, replacing the rigidity of the common property concept with some flexibility? While some of these principles seem to have aligned for the benefit of Ms Kogan, questions remain whether floodgates may give way to claims based on fragmental contributions and the potentially stifling impact of the decision on innovation and creativity.
Period29 Apr 2021
Event typeOther
Conference number1st
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