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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. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? 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?
She argues for reforms of the copyright law that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. And she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention legislation, including bans on “circumvention devices”.
Unsurprisingly, the DMCA failed to resolve the issues raised by new technologies. 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 limtan. The first imagines how we or a hypothetical benevolent despot might go about revising copyright law for the information age.
Litman law, Wayne State Univ. 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 Law in the Digital Millennium. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.
Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – litmaan Recommended Citation Litman, Jessica D. May External links: 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.
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. Litman’s approach is non-technical, with the more involved details and the references to statute and caselaw in endnotes to each chapter. Skip to main content. In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society?
No eBook available Amazon. 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. 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.
The last two chapters offer some suggestions for the future.
dgital She is clearly not optimistic about the effectiveness of political lobbying though there may be more hope for that outside the US. 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.
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. Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works.
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.
Digital Copyright – Jessica Litman – Google Books
Description Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works. Litman’s analysis may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she states her own dlgital up front: Litman’s critique exposes the copyright law as an incoherent patchwork.
Litman also looks at the effects of changing metaphors. 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.
And we risk limiting the potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones. 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.
Is it cppyright to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them?