Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the by Jessica Litman

By Jessica Litman

In 1998, copyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact legislation significantly increasing copyright owners' keep watch over over individuals' deepest makes use of in their works. The efforts to implement those new rights have led to hugely publicised felony battles among proven media, and new upstarts. during this enlightening and well-argued booklet, legislations professor Jessica Litman questions even if copyright legislation crafted by way of attorneys and their lobbyists quite make experience for the majority of us. may still each interplay among traditional shoppers and copyright-protected works be limited by means of legislation? Is it useful to implement such legislation, or count on shoppers to obey them? What are the consequences of such legislation at the trade of data in a unfastened society? Litman's critique exposes the 1998 copyright legislations as an incoherent patchwork. She argues for reforms that mirror logic and how humans truly behave of their day-by-day electronic interactions. This paperback version comprises an afterword that reviews on fresh advancements, reminiscent of the top of the Napster tale, the increase of peer-to-peer dossier sharing, the escalation of a full-fledged copyright conflict, the submitting of complaints opposed to millions of people, and the June 2005 ideally suited courtroom determination within the Grokster case.

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Register Kaminstein suggested early on that the key to general revision would be to draft a copyright bill that benefited each of the competing interests. In that, the conferences succeeded. The bill that emerged from the conferences enlarged the copyright pie and divided its pieces among conference participants so that no leftovers remained. 24 Kaminstein invited the original twenty-nine panelists, chairmen of bar association committees, delegations from a dozen federal agencies and departments, and representatives of several interests that had until then been excluded.

The pressures put by new technology on the current copyright statute have sparked disputes over whether the current copyright statute can adjust to the climate of rapid technological change. When such disputes arise, interested parties on all sides tend to raise familiar arguments. One camp, typically, claims that current technology differs profoundly from prior developments and calls into question the assumptions on which our copyright laws are based. Another camp insists that copyright law has always faced the problem of technological change and accommodated it with remarkable success.

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