In this postscript, written to accompany the re-release of my book Digital Copyright under a CC-BY-ND Creative Commons License. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers hand- picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months — at 40% off List Price. : Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet ( ): Jessica Litman: Books.

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More importantly, it seeks for the first time to impose liability on copyrihgt citizens for violation of provisions that they have no reason copyrigjt 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 Lehman working group report also contained a whole section on education, urging a “just say yes to licensing” advertising and reeducation campaign.

She argues for reforms that reflect common sense and jeszica way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. Litman’s approach is non-technical, with the more involved details and the references to statute and caselaw in endnotes to each chapter. Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them?

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

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

But popular failure to understand copyright law is not new: 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 ckpyright to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them?


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If digotal 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.

With the “Information Superhighway” or “National Information Infrastructure” Ccopyright buzzwords in the early nineties, a working group was set up copyrighh Patent Commissioner Bruce Lehman to look at related intellectual property issues. So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely publication.

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 answer is “no”: My library Help Advanced Book Search. The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts.

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

Litman continues with an account of the “copyright wars” of the last few years — over litkan, Napster, DeCSS, and various systems linking television and the Internet. Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet 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?

The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts. Prometheus Books- Law – pages.

The last two chapters offer some suggestions for the future. 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 copyright rules copyright statute current copyright DeCSS Digital Millennium Copyright distribution DMCA draft enacted exclusive rights exemption fair Grokster Hearings on H.


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”.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. And she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention legislation, including bans on “circumvention devices”. Litman law, Wayne State Univ.

Professor Litman’s work stands out as well-researched, doctrinally solid, and always piercingly well-written. What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free litmah 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.

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. Litman’s analysis may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she states her own concerns up front: In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: 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.

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