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Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely publication. Prometheus Books- Law – pages. 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.

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. 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 last two chapters offer some suggestions for the future.

She is clearly not optimistic about the effectiveness of political lobbying though there may be more hope for that outside the US.

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The efforts to enforce these new rights have dgiital in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts. 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 she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention legislation, including bans on “circumvention devices”.

This paperback edition includes an afterword that comments on later developments, copgright 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. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In any event, public rights — to read and to cite, and to digita public domain information within protected works — would need to be made explicit, perhaps along with a Berne convention approach to protecting authorial integrity.


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 copyrihgt. 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.

Of course, as the earlier chapters on lawmaking make clear, such an approach is unlikely.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Central to her exegesis is a critique 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. Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them?

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. Litman’s analysis may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she states her own concerns up front: Litman’s critique exposes the copyright law as an incoherent patchwork.

Just Say Yes to Licensing. 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.

The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts.

Jessica Litman Snippet view – And “fair use” privileges have been narrowed, but “piracy” expanded to include any unlicensed use, not just large-scale commercial duplication.

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Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? 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.

The Art of Making Copyright Laws. One of the arguments of the Lehman diyital group was that full exploitation of the NII could llitman happen with strong copyright protection. The Lehman working group report also contained a whole section on education, urging a “just say yes to licensing” advertising and reeducation campaign. And we risk limiting the potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones.

“Digital Copyright” by Jessica D. Litman

Description Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works. Selected pages Title Page.

Copyright has changed from being a “bargain” between public and author to a “a system of economic incentives”. Litman law, Wayne State Univ.

What are the effects of such laws on the exchange ckpyright information in a free society? Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? In fact, Litman argues, the range of quality material available on the Internet clearly demonstrates jessoca and already demonstrated in — that other incentives exist for the production and publication of content.

Litman’s approach is non-technical, with the more involved details and the references to statute and caselaw in endnotes to each chapter.

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