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Central to her exegesis is a critique Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet Professor Litman’s work stands out jessixa well-researched, doctrinally solid, and always piercingly well-written. So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely publication. 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 first imagines how we or a hypothetical benevolent despot might go about revising copyright law for the information age. The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles digita established media and new upstarts.
The Lehman working group report also contained a whole section on education, urging a “just say yes to licensing” advertising and reeducation campaign. 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.
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.
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.
And she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention legislation, including bans on “circumvention devices”.
“Digital Copyright” by Jessica D. Litman
She is clearly not optimistic about the effectiveness of political lobbying though there may be more hope for that outside the US. 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.
Litman’s approach is non-technical, with the more involved details and the references to statute and caselaw in endnotes to each chapter. 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.
And we risk limiting the potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones. 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 Jesslca Court decision in the Grokster case.
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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? 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 and concise introduction to United States copyright law, covering its history and its interaction with the new technologies of the Internet. 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.
Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? The longest chapter, “Copyright and Compromise”, then recounts the history of copyright lawmaking from the beginning of the twentieth century jessics to the copyright statute. In any digitwl, 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.
Skip to main content. 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.
Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium. Jessica Litman Snippet view – 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. What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society?
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 answer is “no”: I wish I could be confident that copyright law would be the litmaj in such a fight.
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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. What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts.
The Art of Making Copyright Laws. She argues for reforms that reflect common sense and the way jeseica actually behave in their daily digital interactions. 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.
Unsurprisingly, the DMCA failed to resolve the issues raised by new technologies. 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 jesaica exceptions designed to appease vested interests. Litman law, Wayne State Univ.
In this book, law professor Jessica Jessoca questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us.
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.
Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – Is it practical to ligman such laws, or expect consumers to obey them?
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