Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet [NOOK Book]

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Copyright law is important to every stage of media production and reception. It helps determine filmmakers’ artistic decisions, Hollywood’s corporate structure, and the vatieties of media consumption. The rise of digital media and the internet has only expanded copyright’s reach. Everyone from producers and sceenwriters to amateur video makers, file sharers, and internet entrepreneurs has a stake in the history and future of piracy, copy ...
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Overview


Copyright law is important to every stage of media production and reception. It helps determine filmmakers’ artistic decisions, Hollywood’s corporate structure, and the vatieties of media consumption. The rise of digital media and the internet has only expanded copyright’s reach. Everyone from producers and sceenwriters to amateur video makers, file sharers, and internet entrepreneurs has a stake in the history and future of piracy, copy protection, and the public domain.

Beginning with Thomas Edison’s aggressive patent and copyright disputes and concluding with recent lawsuits against YouTube and Universal, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars follows the struggle of the film, television, and digital media industries to influence and adapt to copyright law. Many of Hollywood’s most valued treasures, from Modern Times (1936) to Star Wars (1977), cannot be fully understood without appreciating their legal controversies. Peter Decherney shows that the history of intellectual property in Hollywood has not always mirrored the evolution of the law. Many landmark decisions have barely changed the industry’s behavior, while some quieter policies have had revolutionary effects. His most remarkable contribution uncovers Hollywood’s reliance on self-regulation. Rather than involve congress, judges, or juries in settling copyright disputes, studio heads and filmmakers have often kept such arguments “in house,” turning to talent guilds and other groups for solutions. Whether the issue has been battling piracy in the 1900s, controlling the threat of home video, or managing modern amateur and noncommercial uses of protected content, much of Hollywood’s engagement with the law has occurred offstage, in the larger theater of copyright. Decherney’s unique history recounts these extralegal solutions and their impact on American media and culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice

...an informative, well-written history of developments that have profoundly shaped American culture from Edison to YouTube. Highly recommended.

The Midwest Book Review
Any collection strong in Hollywood media issues needs this fine survey, which goes beyond the scenes to probe the decisions and actions that often take place outside the actual courtroom.
Media Culture and Society - Burcu Baykurt
A richly detailed and compelling account that is a much-needed addition to the cultural and political history of copyright law. It is essential reading for media and communications scholars and students, but also highly recommended to anyone interested in copyright law.
Film & History
... Superb...
Choice
...an informative, well-written history of developments that have profoundly shaped American culture from Edison to YouTube. Highly recommended.
Moving Image Source
A splendid new study of the legal, technological, and aesthetic wrangling over motion picture copyright wrongs and rights, particularly timely.

— Thomas Doherty

Toby Miller

There was a time when mentioning copyright drew yawns across faculty lounges and barstools, but no longer. This crucial component of our cultural infrastructure is now the topic of the day. Peter Decherney's sure-handed, able history of Hollywood and copyright gives us a rich perspective on the industry's past, present, and possible future.

Warren Lieberfarb

This carefully researched and evenhanded page-turner chronicles the century-long, give-and-take among powerful studios, content creators, and evolving technology. From cutthroat business practices to hard-fought legal decisions, Peter Decherney thoughtfully charts a history that can cast individuals and conglomerates in the varying roles of victim and victimizer with rapid speed. Hollywood's Copyright Wars is an invaluable chronicle and a compulsive read -- just like an absorbing and complex movie thriller.

Robert Spoo

Peter Decherney's broad knowledge of cinema history, coupled with his well-informed grasp of a century of developments in U.S. copyright law, makes this a unique and compelling book.

Moving Image Source - Thomas Doherty
A splendid new study of the legal, technological, and aesthetic wrangling over motion picture copyright wrongs and rights, particularly timely.
Jotwell: Cyberlaw - Rebecca Tushnet
Decherney's readable book provides a century of evidence about the complicated relationship between film, law, and power.
Archival Spaces: Memory, Images, History - Jan-Christopher Horak
A groundbreaking study on what has been an understudied aspect of American film history.
Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice - Eleonora Rosati
Have you ever wondered if a book about copyright law could be as compelling as the Fifty Shades trilogy, but without BDSM scenes? Well, wonder no further. The answer, after reading Hollywood's Copyright Wars by Peter Decherney, is definitely yes.
Library Journal
King Solomon said there's nothing new under the sun. And the movie business is the embodiment of that philosophy, endlessly recycling material. Yet Hollywood complains the loudest when anyone else touches its products. Decherney (cinema studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Hollywood and the Culture Elite) shows that from the very earliest days of the cinema—Edison and the Black Maria—the industry has used intellectual property laws and the courts as a cudgel. He covers such topics as auteur theory, the terrifying threat of the VCR, George Lucas's love-hate relationship with Star Wars fans, and how Hollywood's approach to copyright law is choking culture and innovation. VERDICT Both scholarly and readable, this will be of interest to movie history buffs and those who deal with copyright issues, but it's too inside baseball for general readers.—Michael Eshleman, Kings Mills, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231501460
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Film and Culture Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Peter Decherney is professor of cinema studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Theater of Copyright 1

1 Piracy and the Birth of Film 11

2 Hollywood's Golden Age of Plagiarism 59

3 Auteurism on Trial: Moral Rights and Films on Television 108

4 Hollywood's Guerrilla War: Fair Use and Home Video 155

5 Digital Hollywood: Too Much Control and Too Much Freedom 201

Conclusion: The Copyright Reform Movement 236

Notes 243

Index 275

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    Heh. Not really my kinda book. But ive got nuthin else to do so ill read it.

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    Posted October 3, 2012

    Take a Bow Chapter One

    Sabrina lay in the meadow almost asleep. The sun caressed her body the grass made a wonderful bed and the wind sang a lullaby. Most found it to be an amazing experience and she did too at times but when you live in a town of approximetly 300 people and your 200 person school had to have four other towns combined it was just much to small. New York city sounded amazing to her and Cole. He was her senior in high school buddy. Every freshman needs a senior buddy. He was cute and nice an amazing deal. Sabrina was in love with this boy and she wasnt sure if he liked her. She could picture herself marrying him and having a family with him. She did choir and so did he which is the main reason they knew each other. They had previously known each other at a bible camp several years before. That was before the accident though. After the accident everything was reversed in her head. In the beginning she had hated Cole. She had hated cauliflower and romance novels. She hated english and reading. Afterwards she loved cole, caulliflower, romance novels and both subjects in school. Her brain didnt have a total transformation. She still prefered warm over cold and Orange was her favorite color. It was the slightest things that changed. Singing became extremely important to her too. Then cole came into the picture. She was twitterpated and constantly thought of him. She had had private vocal lessons from him which did include a kiss or two. She was ecstatic to see him every day. It was one day where they had gone on a concert with some middle schoolers and one other choir student. The three hour bus ride there was beyond awkward. It was terrifyingly awkward. Once they got there they slowly started to break the ice. On the way back home sabrina had practically told her life story to him. It was classified one of the best days of her life. She came home smiling and singing out loud. Sabrina never sang in front of others because she was scared she would embarass herself. Then the next day came. She was dissapointed when he didnt say a single word to her. She was in tears the next day when they got in an argument. He wasnt who she thought. He was a very energetic loving person. She had just not seen the such debatable side until they started arguing over her singing. She was deeply offended and hurt. How could he say those things? You dont tell a girl that she needs to get over herself and sing louder then leave the room. For god's sake they had kissed! So why was he acting like a jerk? He knew everything about her but he acted like they had hardly met. She was offended and hurt. So she marched out of the practice room and walked to the piano where he was sitting. "Cole! I dont know what is going on in that thick skull of yours but you cant just treat me like crap!" He looked up tears in his eyes. "Im being deployed to Iraq Sabrina."*************** If you liked it let me know!! Chapter two will be out soon!! In the next result!!

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    Posted October 3, 2012

    Moonlight on Chapter one

    Cliffhanger noticed and I want to read more! ^w^ There weren't really any typos and the storyline is quite interesting. You're a pretty good author.

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