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Works of utility — selected issues

Subject and Keywords:

copyright   rational legislator paradigm   work   functionally oriented use of works   forms of industrial property   computer programs   works of utility


Tyt. tomu: Założenie racjonalnego prawodawcy w polskim porządku prawnym. Księga Jubileuszowa z okazji siedemdziesięciopięciolecia Wydziału Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego


The author, pointing to some types of works, presents in a controversial way the criterion of “functional orientation”, which — in his opinion — may be useful for creating the legal definition of “works of utility”. The author attempts to substantiate the thesis that the use of this term has a significant cognitive value. Category thus defined, can be used both as a tool for studying trade relations covered by legal regulation as well as in the practice of lawmaking and applying the law. This closely matches the paradigm of the rational legislator. This assessment is based on partial research results on architectural, didactic, and typographic works. The conducted considerations generally aim at attempting to define, for the purposes of legal analysis, the concept of “work of utility” — by indicating the criteria for its distinction and additionally, its brief comparison to the selected current copyright law regarding works that should be considered “utility” using these criteria. In this respect, the author considers the regulation regarding computer programs as a model regulation and briefly analyses adequate existing regulations using the proposed criterion with consideration for the rational legislator paradigm.

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 0239-6661   ISSN 0137-1134




pol   eng


Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661, No 3978. Przegląd Prawa i Administracji 2020, 120, cz. 2, s. 381-392

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