Entry 31: Parasitism & Sui generis

Entry 31: The courts are split on the issue of whether parasitism is an act distinct from sui generis right infringement.

Explanation in simple language:

The courts are not unanimous on the issue of whether infringing copyright is an act distinct from sui generis i.e.unique, right infringement.

Split decision: Decision not unanimous

Parasitism: Basically it means a symbiotic relationship in which one species, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host.

In reference to Copyright Laws, parasitism means simply the act of copying another’s creations by which someone( the parasite) benefits unduly from the creation, efforts, investment or know-how of another person without himself making any such effort and thereby saving the cost necessary in the creation of the original product.

Sui generis: unique

December 19, 2018

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