A boom in self-publishing and its legal challenges

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Discusses how the paradigms of copyright law are challenged by the self-publishing industry, including where: authors invite readers to participate in the writing process; self-published authors borrow characters, plotlines and other elements of existing works, as in the case of fan fiction; authors assume all the responsibilities of publishers; and the e-books are distributed by intermediaries that might also be deemed "publishers".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-763
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Intellectual Property Review
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • co-authorship
  • copyright
  • derivative works
  • e-books
  • electronic publishing
  • intermediaries
  • online services
  • publishers


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