The copyright protection of fictional characters
PhD student: Mrs X. Lin
Promotor: Prof A.W.J. Kamperman Sanders
Duration: 1/9/2016 - 31/5/2020
Fictional characters are at the center of the clash between the economic rights of copyright holders and the social and cultural interest of the audience. The clash intensifies in the digital age. This research aims at analyzing the copyright protection of fictional characters in the light of managing market externality. By analyzing the scope of protection, standard of infringement, and exceptions to copyright protection in the jurisdictions of the United States, Germany, and Mainland China, the research intends to provide a spectrum that demonstrates the gradation of copyright policies in relation to the respective market externalities.