Copyright law has undergone significant expansion in order to tackle some of the problems posed by the ease of infringement on the Internet, as can be seen in the Digital Economy Act introduced in the United Kingdom. There must, however, be fundamental changes to the way we think about and enforce artists and authors’ rights if copyright is to make sense and be effective in the developing digital environment. This article gives a comparative view on the issue, taking account of the economic impact of online file-sharing and its cultural implications.
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