Copyright's Paradox

Copyright's Paradox

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by Neil Weinstock Netanel

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Providing a vital economic incentive for much of society's music, art, and literature, copyright is widely considered "the engine of free expression"--but it is also used to stifle news reporting, political commentary, historical scholarship, and even artistic expression. In Copyright's Paradox, Neil Weinstock Netanel explores the tensions between copyright


Providing a vital economic incentive for much of society's music, art, and literature, copyright is widely considered "the engine of free expression"--but it is also used to stifle news reporting, political commentary, historical scholarship, and even artistic expression. In Copyright's Paradox, Neil Weinstock Netanel explores the tensions between copyright law and free speech, revealing the unacceptable burdens on expression that copyright can impose. Tracing the conflict across both traditional and digital media, Netanel examines the remix and copying culture at the heart of current controversies related to the Google Book Search litigation, YouTube and MySpace, hip-hop music, and digital sampling. The author juxtaposes the dramatic expansion of copyright holders' proprietary control against the individual's newly found ability to digitally cut, paste, edit, remix, and distribute sound recordings, movies, TV programs, graphics, and texts the world over. He tests whether, in light of these and other developments, copyright still serves as a vital engine of free expression and assesses how copyright does--and does not--burden free speech. Taking First Amendment values as his lodestar, Netanel offers a crucial, timely call to redefine the limits of copyright so it can most effectively promote robust debate and expressive diversity--and he presents a definitive blueprint for how this can be accomplished.

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"Copyright's Paradox fluently examines an array of recent copyright controversies, highlighting the problematic free speech implications of an ever-expanding copyright regime...Netanel's incisive examination of his subject through a First Amendment lens helps illuminate some of the issue's critical cultural and constitutional dimensions."—Harvard Law Review

"Neil Netanel is rightly hailed as one of the most important writers and thinkers in the field... his latest book, Copyright's Paradox, cements that reputation...Best of all, Copyright's Paradox offers solutions, a set of simple legislative recommendations that are both realistic and promising-solutions that will end the copyright wars without destroying the public interest or the fortunes of artists."—Cory Doctorow,

"Timely and topical...Netanel's well-researched, informative and eminently readable book is a thoughtful and important contribution to the debate, and should be read by those seeking practical solutions to a problem that will not go away with wishful thinking."—New Jersey Lawyer

"Copyright's Paradox is a major book by a major thinker, and a must read for all."—William Patry, The Patry Copyright Blog

"Netanel makes an original and creative argument that copyright is in the end about speech. Copyright's Paradox should be on the list of required reading for anyone concerned with the inner workings of the copyright system, and those interested in issues of institutional or regulatory design as they relate to public policy goals."—Yale Law Journal

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Neil Weinstock Netanel is Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. He writes and teaches in the areas of copyright, international intellectual property, and media and telecommunications.

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Copyright's Paradox 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanx. Katie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter 1- jason Jason lay in his bed, thinking. He had been all night. He couldn't fall asleep, and even if he could, he would probably just have a nightmare anyways.He was mainly thinking about what had happened yesterday. Jason, piper, and percy had managed to save hazel's brother and son of hade, nico di angelo from the two giant brothers, ephialtes and otis, after bacchus(not dionysus, bacchus's greek form) had helped the demigods defeat the brothers. Leo, hazel, and coach hedge,meanwhile, had been trying to save rome-the real rome. 'Yesterday is yesterday, so forget about it', he thought harshly to himself, trying to keep himself from thinking about gaea, the evil earth goddess, whose #1 goal seemed to be to make every demigods life as miserable as possible.'Forget it', he thought to himself,' If I'm not going to fall asleep, then why just stay here? I might as well be able to get something done or find something to do.' He fidgeted for a few more minutes, trying to think of something he needed- or could-do and came up blank. Not one single thing. Finally he could stand it no longer. Jason got out of his bed and changed into a pair of blue jeans and an orange camp half blood shirt. He hadn't stayed at camp half-blood for very long. And camp half-blood was the greek camp for demigods, while he was, officially, from the roman demigod camp. But still, in the end it just felt right to wear it. He opened his door and stood out in the hallway for a moment, blinking as he waited for his eyes to adjust. Even though it was night and they were always sleeping - or trying to- at night, they had all agreed to keep the lights in the hallway on. So leo - who was basicly the only one who could work the ship - had made it so that the hallway lights were always on. And now, as he quickly made his way to the mess hall/ meeting room, jason was very thankful of the hallway light decision. Jason opened the door and walked in, closing the door behind him, turning on the lights for the room, and going to sit in his seat at the long table in the center of the room. He sat there, looking at the picture of camp half - blood, which somehow always showed what was happening at the camp - kind of like a live camera. Looking at the picture made jason feel homesick. True, camp half - blood wasn't his true home, but he still missed it. He heard the door to the mess hall/ meeting room open and close, then a scuffeling of feet followed it. Jason looked up to see hazel walk over to the table. "Hey, how are you?" He asked." I'm ok" she said yawning, her hsnd over her mouth"just a little tired. I couldn't sleep too well." Jason studied her face closer as she sat next to him. They still didn't know each other very well after having only meet each other a short while ago. But jason knew that she hadn't looked this way when they'd met. She had thick bags under eyes, which had red around the corners, and her hair was messy. Her own blue jeans and camp half - blood T-shirt were out of shape. With holes in her jeans and mude permanetely stained on her shirt. All six of the demigods on the ship- jason, hazel, leo, frank, piper, and nico- all had to wear the camp half - blood T-shirts, seeing as all of the demigods' other clothes were messed up and the camp T-shirts were the only change of clothes on the ARGO 2. ~~~~ To katie and anyone else who may be reading this: go to the next result to keep reading. And also, please say what you thought of the story please. Thank you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*comes back with a mouse* good show *he gave it to Tigerloyal*