Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet ...

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Prometheus Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Law - 208 pages
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In 1998, copyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners' control over individuals' private uses of their works. The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media, such as major record labels and motion picture studios, and upstart Internet companies, such as and Napster.

In this enlightening and well-argued book, law professor Jessica Litman questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? Most important, what are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? Litman's critique exposes the 1998 copyright law as an incoherent patchwork. She argues for reforms that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions.

You'll be amazed at how much current copyright law affects you today and how it will influence creative works in the future.

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Great account of how technology has influenced the development of copyright. Especially useful for its account of how copyright policy is actually hammered out.

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A terrific little general-audiences book on how copyright law gets made, and the follies of the Napster-era process. Regardless of your political views, it's hard to come away from this book feeling ... Read full review


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