The Fight Over Digital Rights: The Politics of Copyright and Technology

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 4, 2013 - Law - 243 pages
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In the political fight over copyright, Internet advocacy has reshaped the playing field. This was shown most dramatically in the 2012 "SOPA blackout," when the largest online protest in history stopped two copyright bills in their tracks. For those not already familiar with the debate, this protest seemingly came out of nowhere yet was the culmination of an intellectual and political evolution more than a decade in the making. This book examines the debate over digital copyright, from the late 1980s through early 2012, and the new tools of political communication involved in the advocacy around the issue. Drawing on methods from legal studies, political science, and communications, it explores the rise of a coalition seeking more limited copyright, as well as how these early-adopting, technology-savvy policy advocates used online communication to shock the world. It compares key bills, congressional debates, and offline and online media coverage using quantitative and qualitative methods to create a rigorous study for researchers that is also accessible to a general audience.
 

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Contents

The Audio Home Recording Act 19 871 992
29
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
37
Crafting the Anticircumvention Provisions
43
Digital Millennium Copyright Act as Political Milestone
53
Senator Hollings Proposal
60
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Reform and
70
Conclusion
81
Communicating in Print
104
Finding and Analyzing Relevant Online Documents
130
A Brief Update
136
Comparing the Online and Offline Digital Rights
150
Conclusion
157
IO The Digital Rights Management Debate Withers 20072010
161
New Strategies and a Historic Uprising
180
I2 The Future of Digital Rights and Digital Fights
206
Bibliography
221

Sector Representation in Newspaper Coverage
110
Conclusion
117

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Bill D. Herman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. He earned a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, in 2009. His work has appeared in journals such as the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Law and Policy and the Federal Communication Law Journal.

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