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Teaching Materials as Assets – A Challenge to the Swedish Labour Law Model
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0777-7528
2014 (English)In: Studia z zakresu prawa pracy i polityki spolecznej, ISSN 1429-9585, no 35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract: This article explores the issue of the ownership of teaching materials as against the backdrop of the Swedish labour law model. The ownership of teaching materials has become a more compelling question as teaching materials become more digitalized and more easily rendered into commercial assets. The ownership of rights to teaching materials touches upon several different areas of law in the Swedish context: employment law, labour law, contract law, constitutional law, academic freedom and intellectual property rights law, and to date is not definitively resolved either in custom, agreement or by law in Sweden. The conclusion here is that given the interests involved, the integrity of authors as well as the academic freedom of teachers, a constitutional approach transcending the employment and labour law approaches needs to be taken to guarantee the greatest amount of academic freedom. The current system with ad hoc solutions within the labour law system, at times between the social partners, has only resulting in the chipping away of the rights of teachers as well as offering different levels of protection for teachers at different institutions despite most such individuals being ultimately employed by one employer, the Swedish state.

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Polen: Jagiellonian University , 2014. no 35
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Copyright, patent, teaching materials, teacher exception, professor privilege, Swedish labour law model, academic freedom
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Law and Society
Research subject
Legal Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110043OAI: diva2:768656
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2016-01-14Bibliographically approved

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