Laws and regulations governing the protection of copyright in cyberspace(Comparative Study on Global Documents, US Law, Canada, and Iran)

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Development of digital tools and emergence of cyberspace have not a long history, but the growth of them is very significant and they, increasingly involve more and more people, institutions, and processes. In virtual space a huge volume of content is created daily and internet users can access these content thourgh different forms. One of the key challenges in such a space is to protect the copyright and prevent it from violation. Although the protection of this right in  physical space is not very difficult and various rules and regulations guarantee this right, there are many challenges to the protection of copyright in cyberspace. However, the speed of the development and expansion of digital tools makes these challenges more complicated. In this situation, countries have either tried independently or through ratification of regional and international treaties to protect copyright on this new space. This study aims to investigate the global treaties as well as the law of the United States, Canada, and Iran to draw the key protections and challenges. In order to achieve this goal, legal documents related to this field are gathered and analyzed and while highlighting some key features of cyberspace in comparison to the physical space, the way in which the relevant provisions are maintained are explained.

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