Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox

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From eighteenth-century copyright law, to current-day copyright issues on the internet, to tomorrow's “celestial jukebox”—a digital repository of books, movies, and music available on demand—Paul Goldstein presents a thorough examination of the challenges facing copyright owners and users. One of the nation's leading authorities on intellectual property law, Goldstein offers an engaging, readable, and intelligent analysis of the effect of ...

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Overview

From eighteenth-century copyright law, to current-day copyright issues on the internet, to tomorrow's “celestial jukebox”—a digital repository of books, movies, and music available on demand—Paul Goldstein presents a thorough examination of the challenges facing copyright owners and users. One of the nation's leading authorities on intellectual property law, Goldstein offers an engaging, readable, and intelligent analysis of the effect of copyright on American politics, economy, and culture.

Goldstein presents and analyzes key legal battles, including Supreme Court decisions on home taping and 2 Live Crew's contested sampling of Roy Orbison's “Pretty Woman.” In this revised edition, the author expands the discussion to cover electronic media, including an examination of recent Napster litigation, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the vexed Secure Digital Music Initiative, under which record companies attempted to develop effective encryption standards for their products.

Praise for the first edition:

“A clever and vibrant book that traces copyright history from the invention of the printing press through current challenges to copyright from new technologies . . . . Most compelling [on] multimedia technologies.”

—Sabra Chartrand, The New York Times

"This eminent authority writes with clarity, lucidity and a wry sense of humor about a subject whose complexities can be daunting."

—Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

"A wonderfully American tale of how law, literature, politics and megabucks intersect."

—William Petrocelli, San FranciscoChronicle

In a refreshingly clearheaded and entertaining book, noted copyright expert Goldstein offers lucid answers to questions about copyright law and lore, and shows how important it is to understand that copyright issues shape not only the international marketplace but our very culture.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Goldstein, a Stanford law professor and copyright expert, here makes what can be a dry subject positively sparkle. Writing with humor, color and lucidity, he offers laypeople and professionals alike a swift history of copyright, its philosophies in different nations (a matter of great importance in the current GATT talks with Europe) and zeroes in keenly on the recent controversies surrounding it. There is an account of the 30-year-old, epochal Williams & Wilkins case against government medical libraries for excessive copying of journals that, improbably, has the dash of a courtroom thriller; and a brilliant examination of Congress's reluctance to become involved in the vexed question of private, at-home copying on tape recorders and VCRs. Throughout, Goldstein is careful to make clear the radically different philosophies of intellectual property that often sunder such otherwise sound allies as publishers and librarians: the copyright optimists, seeking to expand its sway, and the pessimists, seeking to limit it. This is essential reading for book people, stimulating and thought-provoking fare for everyone. (Jan.)
Library Journal
In this new edition, copyright expert Goldstein (law, Stanford Univ.) retains the charm, insight, and broad appeal of his original work while updating the text by addressing the latest copyright issues of the electronic age. As in the original, Goldstein documents the history and evolution of modern copyright application and makes clear how it has influenced economics and culture. The new material gives deep insight into the copyright dilemmas wrought by the proliferation of digital media. The chapter titled "The Answer to the Machine is in the Machine" provides a blow-by-blow explanation of the Napster case and its fallout. This is essential reading for anyone who deals with copyright in any capacity. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach LLP, Rochester, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Goldstein (law, Stanford) has produced an enlightening and highly readable addition to the copyright forum. Geared toward a more general audience than his Copyright: Principles, Law and Practice (Little, Brown, 1989), this new work highlights the evolution of legal and popular thought on copyright, emphasizing how it has shaped copyright law in the United States. He also discusses intriguing issues such as how the concept of fair use evolved; why "private" (i.e., for your own use) copying is currently allowed; how the issue of private copies could change with the introduction of movies (or books or music) on demand, fed via satellite directly to you; and how international concepts of copyright differ. This book will be of greatest interest to the informed reader but is of potential interest to anyone who owns a copyright, uses copyrighted material, or is concerned about how copyright laws may change in the future. Recommended for both special and general libraries.-Johanna Johnson, Dallas P.L.
Booknews
Wonderful collection of photos made in Boulder, Colo. and environs into the '30s. Tangen was a good craftsman and frequently manifests a sometimes subtle, often slapstick sense of humor. Subjects are chiefly notable or normal people and cultural features. Landscape format, 10x 8"; includes one 36" fold-out of Boulder. The cloth edition is OP. Great fun, good history. Publisher: 2850 Vassar Dr., Boulder 80303. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David Rouse
While many of us are still grappling with the issue of copyright protection, fair use, and photocopying, the Library of Congress has announced plans to digitize its collections and make its materials available by means of the so-called information superhighway. This move not only raises countless unanswered questions about copyright and intellectual property, but also hints that we still do not even know all the questions themselves. Shedding a focused light on the topic, copyright expert Goldstein traces the 300-year history of copyright, explains the concepts and rationale behind the idea of intellectual property rights, and highlights such noteworthy legal battles as 2 Live Crew's contested sampling of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman," Johnny Carson's challenge to Here's Johnny Portable Toilets, and the landmark video-copying dispute between Sony and Universal City. Both informative and entertaining, "Copyright's Highway" is an important book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809053810
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Goldstein is the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford University and is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on intellectual property law. He is the author of a four-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law and a one-volume treatise on international copyright law, as well as two widely adopted law school texts on intellectual property. He has testified before congressional committees dealing with intellectual property matters and has been an invited expert at international governmental meetings on copyright issues.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Metaphysics of Copyright 1
2 The History of an Idea 29
3 Fifty Dollars to Collect Ten 63
4 Private Copies 105
5 The Two Cultures of Copyright 135
6 "The Answer to the Machine Is in the Machine" 163
7 The Celestial Jukebox 187
Notes 217
Index 231
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