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Colonial CopyrightIntellectual Property in Mandate Palestine$
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Michael D. Birnhack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661138.001.0001

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(p.280) Conclusion
Colonial Copyright

Michael D Birnhack

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion ties the threads together and provides a broad outline of the fate of colonial copyright in its Israeli reincarnation. In 1948, Israeli law adopted the then-existing British Mandatory law across the board, with minor changes that reflected the new state. In the course of the following decades, Israel occasionally amended copyright law, reflecting new international commitments, technological changes, and other developments. Courts, in the meantime, interpreted the law, initially and for about forty years, mostly along the lines of British law. In the 1990s we notice a gradual interpretive shift towards American copyright law. Only in 2007 did the Knesset replace the British laws, with a new Act. The conclusion returns to the model of colonial copyright, and points to further research questions, especially the image of the author as a national character.

Keywords:   Israel, 1948, American influence, research questions, nationality

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