On remixes, mashups, Dutch go American style
While the United States for a century has resisted entry into international copyright regulation, particularly the Berne Convention, America finally rolled over in 1989, as it became clear that the increasingly intertwined nature of global intellectual property issues demanded this action. But even as U.S. policy-makers are turning themselves into pretzels to curb rampant piracy, in part by adopting and accommodating international legal approaches, the Dutch, ironically, have turned to America’s more stringent copyright laws as a basis for a proposed law to liberalize their copyright laws to explicitly allow remixes and mashups. Europe generally has looser copyright laws than the U.S., as the Continental tactic in copyright had sought to deal more with creativity, rather than economics. This can be seen in the Dutch proposal, further analyzed in this post.