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And we risk limiting the potential of new forms — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law?
Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet In fact, Litman argues, the range of quality material available on the Internet clearly digiral — 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 “fair use” privileges have been narrowed, but “piracy” expanded to include any unlicensed use, not ljtman large-scale commercial duplication.
“Digital Copyright” by Jessica D. Litman
One of the arguments of the Lehman working group was that full exploitation of the NII could only happen with strong copyright protection.
The efforts to enforce these new rights have dugital in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts.
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 she describes the shift towards technologically enforced access controls backed up by anticircumvention cpyright, including bans on “circumvention devices”.
No eBook available Amazon. Selected pages Title Page. Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium.
In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: Central to her exegesis is a critique She argues for reforms of the copyright law that reflect common sense and the way people actually behave in their daily digital interactions. Copyright has changed from being a “bargain” between public and author to a “a system of economic incentives”. This paperback edition includes an afterword that comments on later developments, such 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.
The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts. 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. May External links: 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.
Digital Copyright (Jessica Litman) – book review
Perhaps the most important thing that can be done litmam to educate politicians and citizens about the issues — a task in which Digital Copyright will be most useful. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works.
Recommended Citation Litman, Jessica D.
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.
The answer is “no”: But popular failure to understand copyright law is not new: Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – 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.
Litman’s approach is non-technical, with the more involved details and the references to statute and caselaw in endnotes to each chapter. She is clearly not optimistic about the effectiveness of political lobbying though there may be more hope for that outside the US.
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. So Digital Copyrightby a law professor highly regarded in the area, is an important and timely publication.