Sganga Offers Holistic Approach to Copyright Law in New Book

Caterina Sganga, associate professor in the Department of Legal Studies at CEU, has recently intervened in the debate on the construction and development of EU copyright law with her new book “Propertizing European Copyright. History, Challenges and Opportunities,” published by Edward Elgar.

With an acceleration in the last decades, the language of property, piracy and theft has become mainstream in copyright matters. Scholars have argued that this latent propertization has progressively led to the undue expansion of copyright and an enclosure of knowledge, causing clashes with users’ fundamental rights and EU social and cultural policies. Challenging the validity of such critiques, Propertizing European Copyright demonstrates that these distortive effects are only the result of mishandled property rhetoric and that a commitment to copyright propertization could enable a more internally consistent and balanced development of EU copyright law.

"A lot has been written about the harmonization of EU copyright law, but this study offers a fundamental analysis by going back to the concept of the propertization of copyright. (…) This study is a vital contribution to the understanding of copyright law," Paul Torremans of the University of Nottingham praised Spanga's work. 

"This book offers a fresh perspective into copyright law (…). The author forces us to take one step back and reconsider what the origins of copyright are, where we currently stand and what our future aims should be. A thought-provoking yet highly practical piece of work which takes a holistic approach to EU copyright," said Irini Stamatoudi, director of the Hellenic Copyright Organization in Greece.

A 35% discount code to purchase the book is available until March 31 upon request to the author.