Copyright in Palestine Before the State of Israel was Founded

Professor Michael Birnhack of Tel Aviv University has written a book titled “Colonial Copyright” that has just been published by Oxford University Press.

The book allegedly examines Copyright in Palestine and how it was enforced or not, in the fields of publishing, performing rights, broadcasting, and journalism between the 1920s and establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, from Jewish, Arab and British perspectives.

I have not read the book, so cannot comment on it. If Michael or OUP send me a copy, I will happily review it.

I suspect that it is more of a library book than light reading and of academic rather than practical interest since Israel finally moved away from the 1922 copyright ordinance and wrote its own copyright law in 2007. Nevertheless, this is certainly an achievement, and we congratulate Michael on it.

Finally, we anticipate that sometime in the future there will be a backlash against ever more stringent and unenforceable copyright laws, and perhaps policy makers will look back into history for alternative approaches.

The book costs 60 quid and may be ordered here

336 pages  234 x 156mm  978-0-19-966113-8  Hardback, Oxford University Press, 04 October 2012.

Categories: Academia, book review

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