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Copyrighting Culture: A Political Economy of Film and Video Copyright

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Launching into a complete analysis of copyright law in our capitalistic and hegemonistic political system, Ronald Bettig uncovers the power of the wealthy few to expand their fortunes through the ownership and manipulation of intellectual property. Beginning with a critical interpretation of copyright history in the United States, Bettig goes on to explore such crucial issues as the videocassette recorder and the control of copyrights, the invention of cable television and the first challenge to the filmed ...

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Overview

Launching into a complete analysis of copyright law in our capitalistic and hegemonistic political system, Ronald Bettig uncovers the power of the wealthy few to expand their fortunes through the ownership and manipulation of intellectual property. Beginning with a critical interpretation of copyright history in the United States, Bettig goes on to explore such crucial issues as the videocassette recorder and the control of copyrights, the invention of cable television and the first challenge to the filmed entertainment copyright system, the politics and economics of intellectual property as seen from both the neoclassical economists’ and the radical political economists’ points of view, and methods of resisting existing laws.Beautifully written and well argued, this book provides a long, clear look at how capitalism and capitalists seize and control culture through the ownership of copyrights, thus perpetuating their own ideologies and economic superiority.

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Ronald V. Bettig is assistant professor of communication at Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
1 Introduction to the Political Economy of Intellectual Property 1
2 Critical Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of Copyright 9
3 "Who Owns the Message?" The Ownership and Control of Culture and Information 33
4 The (Political) Economics of Intellectual Property 79
5 Capitalism, the State, and Intellectual Property: A Case Study of Compulsory Licenses for Cable Retransmissions 117
6 The Law of Intellectual Property: The Videocassette Recorder and the Control of Copyrights 151
7 Recolonizing Communications and Culture: The Expanding Realm of International Intellectual Property Law 189
8 Intellectual Property and the Politics of Resistance 235
Bibliography 247
About the Book and Author 268
Index 269
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