Last week marked
the 300th anniversary of the
Statute of Anne , the first true modern copyright law in the West, which was
passed by the British Parliament in 1710. It established a copyright term of 14
years and, for the first time, brought the author on stage as the party in whom
Who is the author of an actor's recorded performance? This question rarely arises in practice, because motion picture producers insist that all creative participants sign work-made-for-hire agreements. When this detail is overlooked, however, all bets are off, and attempts to assert authorship...