The Electronic Rights War, <i>Who owns the rights to new digital uses of existing works of authorship?</i> P. Bernt Hugenholtz

"(...)The rapidly emerging market for secondary electronic uses of existing works of authorship has led to disputes over the ownership of so-called electronic rights. Who owns the rights to reuse in electronic form an article originally written for a newspaper; a television program originally produced for broadcast television; or a film originally made for the screen? Is it the journalist or the newspaper publisher; the television producer or the broadcasting company; the film producer or the distributor? In recent years, a number of disputes over the ownership of electronic rights, mostly involving the works of newspaper journalists, have been decided by the courts. This article provides an overview of the most interesting case law to emerge from Europe and the United States".