Comparative analysis on the systems of protection against the piracy of copyrighted artworks through the Internet in selected states
This dissertation was written as part of the MA in Art, Law and Economy at the International Hellenic University. Everyone that uses the Internet can understand by now how easy it is to violate the rights of the creators of artworks, such as movies, via internet pages that allow anyone to upload or download works even though they are protected. It does not really matter that they have been granted the protection, if that protection cannot be practically enforced. For that reason in almost every country there are measures that have been taken in order to prevent this phenomenon. The writer tried to examine firstly which rights and interests the laws against piracy are trying to protect and the reason those rights and interests should be granted this protection. She will also examine the reasons why illegal sharing of files is so widespread and which interests are promoted via this illegal act; and she will compare those conflicting interests to see which one should prevail in this case. The writer chose certain legal systems, such as the ones of the United States of America, France, Germany and Greece and analyzed both the legislation issued in the chosen states for the subject of piracy, examine the manner in which this legislation is enforced and whether it is effective or not. The main objective is to find out first why there should be protection against piracy and then if there is such a thing as a thorough or complete protection against it and also which one of the solutions the legislators of the selected states adopted was the most successful in reducing the amount of illegal sharing of files via the Internet.