Mario Biagioli


The article discusses the dichotomy between idea and expression in copyright law in 2012 by focusing on philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte's 1793 work "Proof of the Unlawfulness of Reprinting: A Rationale and a Parable." The author argues that the legal community has overlooked parts of Fichte's claims and have chosen to only apply personal expression to authors. Originality in authorship is also examined in defining what is and is not covered under U.S. copyright law.



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