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What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society?

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 jessicw full-fledged copyright war, the filing of lawsuits against thousands of jesxica, and the June Supreme Court decision in the Grokster case.

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”.

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The last two chapters offer some suggestions for the future. 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 jesisca useful.

And she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention legislation, including bans on “circumvention devices”.

Selected pages Title Page. Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet Digital Copyright Jessica Litman No preview available – Recommended Citation Litman, Jessica D. 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.


The longest chapter, djgital and Compromise”, then recounts the history of copyright lawmaking from the beginning of the twentieth century down to the copyright statute. Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them?

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Litman’s approach is non-technical, with the more involved details and the references to statute and caselaw in endnotes to each chapter. 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 jessica rules copyright statute current copyright DeCSS Digital Millennium Copyright distribution DMCA draft enacted exclusive rights exemption fair Grokster Hearings on H.

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. No eBook available Amazon. The Lehman working group report also contained a whole section on education, urging a “just say yes to licensing” advertising and reeducation campaign.

Professor Litman’s work stands out as well-researched, doctrinally solid, and always piercingly well-written. 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. Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – The first imagines how we or a hypothetical benevolent despot might go about revising copyright law for the information age.

Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium. 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.

In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: 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.


And “fair use” privileges have been narrowed, but “piracy” expanded to include any unlicensed jesscia, not just large-scale commercial duplication. The Dgital 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.

So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely dopyright.

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She argues for reforms that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. Litman breaks here for a digitsl experiment — if a member of the general public brought the act to a copyright lawyer, should she recommend it to them?

Incopyright lobbyists succeeded diyital persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works. 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.

Litman also looks at the effects of changing metaphors. Jessica Litman Snippet view – Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law?