Copyrighting Culture: A Political Economy of Film and Video Copyright

Copyrighting Culture: A Political Economy of Film and Video Copyright

by Ronald V. Bettig
     
 

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813313856
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/12/1996
Series:
Critical Studies in Communication and in the Cultural Industries
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.05(d)

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Meet the Author

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

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