Interview | Dr. Eoin O‘Dell: The copyright creation myth, a permission-based society, and EU vs US copyright law

Dr. Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin (Dublin University), explains some copyright fundamentals: its origins and basic premises, the creation myth, the shift to a permission-based society, and the differences between the EU and US approaches.

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Video highlights with timestamps:

00:00 Intro

01:39 Eoin explains the basics of copyright and the lasting rights you have as an author after death

04:24 Eoin explains the origins of copyright in the US and UK dating back to the 1700’s

08:01 Eoin starts to talk about how copyright has changed in the modern era with technology rapidly growing

11:33 Eoin gives examples of special protection in copyright including Mickey Mouse in the US

14:13 Eoin explains how the copyright industries created a self-sustaining system to their benefit

17:55 Eoin explains how copyright created a ‘permission society’ to consume content

22:32 Eoin talks about fair use and difference in it between countries

25:57 Eoin talks about how outdated laws put users in breach for day-to-day activities

29:28 Eoin explains how EU Member States’ selective implementation of exceptions created a patchwork for users

31:35 Eoin explains the difference in fair use in the copyright industry vs user perspective

35:20 Eoin talks about Irelands long wait and delay to implement a parody exception

43:27 Eoin talks about the importance of intermediary liability to safeguard the Internet ecosystem

47:29 Eoin explains the future and what he’d like to see come from the European Union directive