Two principal missions underlay the discussion in this chapter. First, it scrutinizes the notion of “access to information” and translates it into a vocabulary that property law can process and analyze. Second, the analysis explored three main routes as potential legal sources to rights-of-access: copyright law, free speech law, and human rights law. It concludes that positive copyright law itself does not provide a solid and sufficiently explicit basis for such rights. Also the remaining routes have proven to a large extent unable to safeguard rights-of-access, especially when the information at issue is subject to copyright exclusivity.
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