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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. The Art of Making Copyright Laws.
Digital Copyright (Jessica Litman) – book review
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 So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely publication.
Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works. And the “civil disobedience” she describes — without using that term — is the unplanned disobedience of ordinary individuals, not the organised action of an activist cadre. In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: Selected pages Title Page.
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Litman also looks at the effects of changing metaphors. I wish I could be confident that copyright law would be the loser in such a fight. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? My litmam Help Advanced Book Search.
“Digital Copyright” by Jessica D. Litman
Litman’s critique exposes the copyright law as an incoherent patchwork. Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them?
One of the arguments of the Lehman working group was that full exploitation of the NII could only happen with strong copyright protection. 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.
The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts. And “fair use” privileges have been narrowed, but “piracy” expanded to include any unlicensed use, not just large-scale commercial duplication.
In fact, Litman argues, the range of quality material available on the Internet clearly demonstrates — and already demonstrated in — that other incentives exist for the production and publication of content. And we risk limiting the potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones.
What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society?
Central to her exegesis is a critique 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. What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? 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.
This paperback edition includes an afterword that comments on later 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. In any event, public rights — to read and to cite, and to access public domain information within protected works — would need to be made explicit, perhaps along with a Berne convention approach to protecting authorial integrity.
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 — and employed the familiar device of arguing that these rights were already granted by existing law.
She argues for reforms of the copyright law that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. A long and complicated series of negotiations and compromises between the various stakeholders produced a complex law granting broad rights to copyright holders, with an extensive range of narrow exceptions designed to appease vested interests.
Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? This paperback edition includes an afterword that comments on recent developments, such dopyright 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.
Litman breaks here for a thought experiment — if a member of the general public brought the act to a copyright lawyer, should she recommend it to them?
dgital Recommended Citation Litman, Jessica D. Litman’s analysis may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she states her own concerns up front: She argues jessicq reforms that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions.
Digital Copyright Jessica Litman No preview available – 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”. Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – Jessica Litman Snippet view – Just Say Yes to Licensing.
Fought over by vested interests, bounced between House and Senate and committees competing for jurisdiction, and even tied up with international treaties and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, this ended up “long, internally inconsistent, difficult even for copyright experts to parse and harder still to lit,an.
In Digital Copyright Jessica Litman has produced a clear and concise introduction to United States copyright law, covering its history and its interaction with the new technologies of the Internet.