In modern societies the role of law is changing upon accelerated modifications of quantum, knowledge structure and information processing possibilities. The functions of copyright law and industrial property law are also experiencing historical changes, especially due to digitalization and global networking. The objective of this work is to delineate the constants and discontinuities in the legal protection of creativity through semiotic analysis of language, principally the one used throughout the past to designate different types of copies and originals and comparison between art history and legal language. Analysis of historical aspects leads also to conclusions on possible trends in copyright law and its role in digitalized societies. In short, these conclusions suggest an uninterrupted but shifted position of the role of copyright law and, at the same time, the appearance of a variety of parallel and  simultaneous forms of copyright protection and increased role of automatized technology based protection of usage monitoring and royalties collection.

Zbornik Hrvatskog društva za autorsko pravo, 11-12(2011); str. 71-152.

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HDAPMladen Vukmir // Abundance of sources – the true meaning of the terms copy and original; semantic changes in art and copyright terminology in digital environment and change of the role of law in digital societies