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Perhaps the most important thing that can be done is to educate politicians and citizens about the issues — a task in which Digital Copyright will be most useful.
The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts. Litman’s critique exposes the copyright law as an incoherent patchwork. What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society?
There has been a piecemeal repeal of the “first sale” doctrine, which allowed the purchaser of a work to sell, loan, lease, or display it without the copyright owner’s permission. Litman law, Wayne State Univ. In fact, Litman argues, the range of quality material available on the Internet clearly demonstrates litmn and already demonstrated in — that other incentives exist for the production and publication of content.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Prometheus Books- Law – pages. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? Litman’s copyirght may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she litmsn her own concerns up front: Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works.
Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium.
Copyright has overtaken censorship as the hottest topic online, but it is often poorly understood — as Litman puts it, “copyright law questions can make delightful cocktail-party small talk, but copyright law answers tend to make eyes glaze over everywhere”. If we want to impose the same set of rules on film studios and high school students, Litman argues that we need to pay some attention to how the latter think — and what they want. 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.
There is also a nice separation between chapters dealing with basic ideas, which are largely relevant world-wide, and others covering the details of lawmaking, which could be skipped by those less interested in the US political process.
The answer is “no”: With the “Information Superhighway” or “National Information Infrastructure” NII buzzwords in the early nineties, a working group was set up under Patent Commissioner Bruce Lehman to look at related intellectual property issues. Although it covers quite recent events for a printed volume — down to mid — Digital Copyright shows no signs of being rushed or hastily put together.
The longest chapter, “Copyright and Compromise”, then recounts the history of copyright lawmaking from the beginning of the twentieth century down to the copyright statute.
Selected pages Title Page. Just Say Yes to Licensing.
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The first imagines how we or a hypothetical benevolent despot might go about revising copyright law for the information age. But popular failure to understand copyright law lifman not new: What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? She is clearly not optimistic about the effectiveness of political lobbying though there may be more hope for that outside the US.
Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet Litman also looks at the effects of changing metaphors. Litman breaks here for a thought experiment jesaica if a member of the general public brought the act to a copyright lawyer, should she recommend it to them? Account Options Sign in. And we risk limiting the potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones.
Litman continues with an account of the “copyright wars” of the last few years — over mp3s, Napster, DeCSS, and various systems linking television and the Internet.
Description Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works.
The Lehman working group report also contained a whole section on education, urging a “just say yes to licensing” advertising and reeducation campaign. Is it practical to enforce such copjright, or expect consumers to obey them? The Lehman group’s Green and White papers proposed that loading something into RAM require the copyright owner’s express permission and that transmissions be deemed public performances or displays litmam and employed the familiar device of arguing that these rights were already granted by existing law.
Recommended Citation Litman, Jessica D. Copyright has changed from being a “bargain” between public and author to a “a system of economic incentives”. In Digital Copyright Jessica Litman has produced a clear copyirght concise introduction to United States copyright law, covering its history and its interaction with the new technologies of the Internet.
So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely publication. Unsurprisingly, the DMCA failed to resolve the issues raised by new technologies.
Skip to main content. The Art of Making Copyright Laws. 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 Supreme Court decision in the Grokster case. Common terms and phrases 1st sess 2d sess amendments ASCAP authors bargain broadcast Bruce Lehman cable circumvention Commerce Committee commercial compulsory license conferences Cong Congress consumer electronics content owners copyright infringement copyright law copyright lawyers Copyright Office copyright owners copyright protection copyright revision copyright rules copyright statute current copyright DeCSS Digital Millennium Copyright distribution DMCA draft enacted exclusive rights exemption fair Grokster Hearings on H.
Digital Copyright Jessica Litman No preview available – And “fair use” privileges have been narrowed, but “piracy” expanded to include any unlicensed use, not just large-scale commercial duplication. 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 later developments, such as the end of the Napster story, the copyrighg 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 Supreme Court decision in the Grokster case.
She argues for reforms of the copyright law that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law?
In this book, law professor Jessica Litman questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us. Litman’s approach is non-technical, with the more involved details and the references to statute litmqn caselaw in endnotes to each chapter. In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: The last two chapters offer some suggestions for the future.