Chapter 10 looks closely at the reception of copyright law in the Arab community. The discussion combines previously discussed threads: the publication of the Copyright Act (Chapter 4), the establishment of the radio (Chapter 8), and the PTA case (Chapter 9). This chapter tells the story of the only all-Arab copyright case litigated in the Mandatory courts, as late as 1945, about unauthorized copying of educational books. The overall picture reveals the British indifference to the Arab cultural needs. Colonial copyright had an identity-based side. The discussion reinforces the British motivation in enacting copyright law in Palestine, and illustrates the Eurocentric nature of copyright law and its irrelevance to the local culture at the time: it was a more oral culture than a written one, and it applied social norms instead of formal foreign law.
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