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Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? In Digital Copyright Jessica Litman has produced a clear and concise introduction to United States copyright law, covering its history and its litkan with the new technologies of the Internet.

I wish I could be confident that copyright law would be the loser in such a fight. 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 digiatl copyright owner’s permission.

The answer is “no”: Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely publication. Litman’s critique exposes the copyright law as an incoherent patchwork. 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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Copyright has changed from being a “bargain” between public and author to a “a system of economic incentives”. And we risk limiting jesssica potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones. Litman’s analysis may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she states her own concerns up front: Account Options Sign in.

Jessica Litman Snippet copyrigt – The Lehman working group report also contained a whole section on education, urging a “just say yes to licensing” advertising and reeducation campaign.

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


Description Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works. Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium. Of course, as the earlier chapters on lawmaking make clear, such an approach is unlikely.

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Litman also looks at the effects of changing metaphors. And she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention legislation, including bans on “circumvention devices”.

Digital Copyright Jessica Litman No preview available – Prometheus Books- Law – pages. 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. 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.

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

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: Unsurprisingly, the DMCA failed to resolve the issues raised by new technologies. No eBook available Amazon. 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.


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.

Just Say Yes to Licensing.

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Recommended Citation Litman, Jessica D. She argues for reforms that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. In this book, law professor Jessica Litman questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us. 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.

Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? But popular failure to understand copyright law is not new: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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 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? She argues for reforms of the copyright law that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. The last two chapters offer some suggestions for the future.

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. What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? Professor Litman’s work stands out as well-researched, doctrinally solid, and always piercingly well-written. Litman law, Wayne State Univ. The Art of Making Copyright Laws.

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