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Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? No eBook available Amazon.

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 explain.

She argues for reforms of the copyright law that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. One of the arguments of the Lehman working group was that full exploitation of the NII could only happen with strong copyright protection. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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.

So Jessica Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, littman an important and timely publication. And she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention legislation, including bans on “circumvention devices”.

In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: She is clearly not optimistic about the effectiveness of political lobbying though there may be more hope for that outside the US.

Copyright has changed from being a “bargain” between public and author to a “a system of economic incentives”. And “fair litmn privileges have been narrowed, but “piracy” expanded to include any unlicensed use, not just large-scale commercial duplication. Central to her exegesis is a critique Litman also looks at the effects of changing metaphors. 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.


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.

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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. Litman’s analysis may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she states her own concerns up front: 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.

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. Litman law, Wayne State Univ. And we risk limiting the potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones.

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. Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? 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.

The Art of Making Copyright Laws. The first imagines how we or a hypothetical benevolent despot might go about revising copyright law for the information age.


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Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium. More importantly, it seeks for the first time to impose liability on ordinary citizens for violation of provisions that they have no reason to suspect are part of the law, and to make noncommercial and noninfringing behavior illegal on the theory that that will help to prevent piracy. Just Say Yes to Licensing.

I wish I could be confident that copyright law would be the loser in such a fight.

Copyrighy External links: Prometheus Books- Law – pages. Litman breaks here for a thought experiment jessicca if a member of the general public brought the act to a copyright lawyer, should she recommend it to them?

Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet Digital Copyright Jessica Litman No preview available – 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. Common terms and phrases 1st sess 2d digittal 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.

She argues for reforms that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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 copyrigjt property issues.

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