Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment

Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment

by William Fisher III
     
 

During the past fifteen years, changes in the technologies used to make and store audio and video recordings, combined with the communication revolution associated with the Internet, have generated a wide array of new ways in which music and movies can be produced and distributed. Both the creators and the consumers of entertainment products stand to benefit… See more details below

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During the past fifteen years, changes in the technologies used to make and store audio and video recordings, combined with the communication revolution associated with the Internet, have generated a wide array of new ways in which music and movies can be produced and distributed. Both the creators and the consumers of entertainment products stand to benefit enormously from the new systems. If the available technologies were exploited fully, the costs of audio and video recordings would drop sharply, the incomes of artists would rise, many more artists could reach global audiences, the variety of music and films popularly available would increase sharply, and listeners and viewers would be able to participate much more easily in the shaping of their cultural environments. Sadly, we have failed thus far to avail ourselves of these opportunities. Instead, much energy has been devoted to interpreting or changing legal rules in hopes of defending older business models against the threats posed by the new technologies. These efforts to plug the multiplying holes in the legal dikes are failing and the entertainment industry has fallen into crisis. This provocative book chronicles how we got into this mess and presents three alternative proposals -- each involving a combination of legal reforms and new business models -- for how we could get out of it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804750134
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
08/12/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1The promise of the new technology11
2The baseline : entertainment law and practice in 199038
3What went awry82
4Taking property rights seriously134
5Online entertainment as a regulated industry173
6An alternative compensation system199
AppWhere does the money go?259

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