Perpetual copyright and constitutional property

Ronan Deazley, Frankie McCarthy

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In the UK, under the so-called 2039 rule, certain unpublished works remain in copyright until 31 December 2039 regardless of when they were first created. This article considers whether this anomalous rule can be removed from the statute book without breaching the prevailing norms an dlogic of ECHR A1P1 jurisprudence. We conclude that it can.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-278
Number of pages26
JournalIntellectual Property Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Perpetual copyright
  • Protection of property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Australia
  • Publication Right


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