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Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

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by William Patry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195385640

ISBN-13: 9780195385649

Pub. Date: 09/03/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Metaphors, moral panics, folk devils, Jack Valenti, Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, predictable irrationality, and free market fundamentalism are a few of the topics covered in this lively, unflinching examination of the Copyright Wars: the pitched battles over new technology, business models, and most of all, consumers.
In Moral Panics and the

Overview

Metaphors, moral panics, folk devils, Jack Valenti, Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, predictable irrationality, and free market fundamentalism are a few of the topics covered in this lively, unflinching examination of the Copyright Wars: the pitched battles over new technology, business models, and most of all, consumers.
In Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars, William Patry lays bare how we got to where we are: a bloated, punitive legal regime that has strayed far from its modest, but important roots. Patry demonstrates how copyright is a utilitarian government program—not a property or moral right. As a government program, copyright must be regulated and held accountable to ensure it is serving its public purpose. Just as Wall Street must serve Main Street, neither can copyright be left to a Reaganite "magic of the market."
The way we have come to talk about copyright—metaphoric language demonizing everyone involved—has led to bad business and bad policy decisions. Unless we recognize that the debates over copyright are debates over business models, we will never be able to make the correct business and policy decisions.
A centrist and believer in appropriately balanced copyright laws, Patry concludes that calls for strong copyright laws, just like calls for weak copyright laws, miss the point entirely: the only laws we need are effective laws, laws that further the purpose of encouraging the creation of new works and learning. Our current regime, unfortunately, creates too many bad incentives, leading to bad conduct. Just as President Obama has called for re-tooling and re-imagining the auto industry, Patry calls for a remaking of our copyright laws so that they may once again be respected.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195385649
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

How the Copyright Wars Are Being Fought and Why
The Role of Metaphors in Understanding
Metaphors and the Law
The Mythical Origins of Copyright and Three Favorite Copyright Metaphors
Property as Social Relations
Why Classifying Copyright as Property Is Important in the Copyright Wars
Copyright on Steroids: Before BALCO
Moral Panics, Folk Devils, and Fear as a Tactical Weapon
How Innovation Occurs: Creative Destructive and Disruptive Technologies

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