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The Pastiche Exception in Copyright Law: A Case of Mashed-Up Drafting?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-368
Number of pages23
Issue number4
Early online date8 Dec 2017
Accepted/In press4 Oct 2017
E-pub ahead of print8 Dec 2017
Published8 Dec 2017


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This article argues that the introduction of s.30A into the CDPA, covering fair dealing for the purposes of caricature, parody or pastiche, is far more significant than appreciated thus far owing to the far-reaching scope of the pastiche limb of the exception. It argues that pastiche is not a variant of parody, instead referring to a range of imitative conduct, notably imitation of the style of pre-existing works, incorporation of elements or features of those works, and the production of compilations and medleys. As such, s.30A can extend to mash-ups, fan fiction, music sampling, collage, appropriation art and other forms of homage and compilation, albeit within the infrastructure of fair dealing. To make out these claims, it analyses the ordinary meaning of the term "pastiche", its interpretation as a copyright concept, and the interpretative cues to come from the Court of Justice decision in Deckmyn v Vandersteen.

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