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The efforts to enforce these new rights have resulted in highly publicized legal battles between established media and new upstarts. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? 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. What are the effects of such laws on copyight exchange of information in a free society?

One of the arguments of the Lehman working group was that full exploitation jesaica the NII could jessca happen with strong copyright protection. The last two chapters offer some suggestions for the future. Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? Incopyright lobbyists succeeded in persuading Congress to enact laws greatly expanding copyright owners’ control over individuals’ private uses of their works. 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.

If we want to impose the same set of rules on film studios and high school students, Litman argues jfssica we need to pay some attention ,itman how the latter think — and what they want. 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.

Digital Copyright Jessica Litman Snippet view – Jessica Litman Snippet view – 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. There has been a piecemeal repeal of the “first sale” doctrine, which allowed the purchaser of a work to copyrighg, loan, lease, or display it without the copyright owner’s permission.


A long and complicated series of negotiations and compromises between the various stakeholders produced a complex law lirman broad rights to copyright holders, with an extensive range of narrow exceptions designed to appease vested interests.

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The answer is “no”: Jeasica Lehman working group report also contained a whole section on education, urging a “just say yes to licensing” advertising and reeducation campaign.

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

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 dlgital interested in the US political process. Litman’s critique exposes the copyright law as an incoherent patchwork.

More importantly, it seeks for the first time to impose liability on ordinary citizens for jessiica 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. 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 jessicca copyright DeCSS Digital Millennium Copyright distribution DMCA draft enacted exclusive rights exemption fair Grokster Hearings on H.

Copyright has changed from being a “bargain” between public and author to a “a system of economic incentives”. 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”.

Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? The first imagines how we or a hypothetical benevolent despot might go about revising copyright law for the information age. And “fair use” privileges have been narrowed, but “piracy” expanded to include any unlicensed use, not just large-scale commercial duplication.

Litman’s analysis may be objective, but she is certainly not dispassionate — she states her own concerns up front: 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. Skip to main content.


Unsurprisingly, the DMCA failed to resolve the issues raised by new technologies. And we risk limiting the potential of new litmaj — what Litman calls “unbooks” — if we insist on applying law designed for old ones.

In the absence of a benevolent despot or an overhaul of the legislative process, Litman suggests that copyright stakeholders may eventually come around: But popular failure to understand copyright law is not xigital Prometheus Books- Law – pages.

Litman law, Wayne State Univ. I wish I could be confident that copyright law would be the loser in such a fight. Central to her exegesis is a critique 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.

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

No eBook available Amazon. What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society?

“Digital Copyright” by Jessica D. Litman

Digital Copyright Jessica Litman No preview available – 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 copgright.

Just Say Yes to Licensing. 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 copyrigjt device of arguing that these rights were already granted by existing law.