Digital Copyright

Digital Copyright

by Jessica Litman
     
 
In 1998, copyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners' control over individuals' private uses of their works. The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media, and new upstarts.

In this enlightening and well-argued book, law professor

Overview

In 1998, copyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners' control over individuals' private uses of their works. The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media, and new upstarts.

In this enlightening and well-argued book, law professor Jessica Litman questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? Litman's critique exposes the 1998 copyright law as an incoherent patchwork. She argues for reforms that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions.

This paperback edition includes an afterword that comments on recent developments, such as the end of the Napster story, the rise of peer-to-peer file sharing, the escalation of a full-fledged copyright war, the filing of lawsuits against thousands of individuals, and the June 2005 Supreme Court decision in the Grokster case.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Readers with an interest in doing business on the Internet, or in the specific issue of copyright, should not be without this book. . . . clearly written and sensibly argued. A timely and very useful resource."
Booknews
Litman (law, Wayne State U.) makes a forceful argument, written in clear English, for the imminent and current problems to be expected from the 1998 Copyright Law in the US, as well as other rulings leading up to it, that seek to limit free access to information on the Internet in favor of the companies that hold the copyright. She outlines the difficulties and inconsistencies within the law, and offers a revised version that would reform it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In 1998 copyright lobbyists persuaded Congress to enact laws expanding copyright owners' control over private uses of works, resulting in many notable legal battles - Napster being the latest. In Digital Copyright, law professor Litman questions whether copyright laws make sense, and how they are enforced. She argues for reforms which reflect how individuals use materials. An intriguing, relevant examination of how copyright applies to the modern online world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573928892
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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