How to Fix Copyright

How to Fix Copyright

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In this work, the author argues that current copyright law is not effective in the digital age and must be revised to encourage creation of new works, increase learning, and enhance access to information. The arrival of the Internet was revolutionary, and one of the most tumultuous developments that flowed from it, the upending of the relatively settled world of copyright law, has forced us to completely rethink how rights to a work are allocated and how delivery formats affect an originator's claims to the work. Most of the disputes swirling around novel Internet media delivery systems, from Napster to Youtube to the Google Book Project, derive from our views on what constitutes a proper understanding of copyright. Who has the right to a work, and to what extent should we protect a rights holder's ability to derive income from it? Is it right to make copyrighted works free of charge? One of the central figures in this decade-plus long debate has been the author, who is now the lead copyright attorney for Google. In this book, he offers a concise set of solutions for improving the increasingly outmoded copyright system. After outlining how we arrived at our current state of dysfunction, he introduces a series of pragmatic fixes that steer a middle course between an overly expansive interpretation of copyright protection and abandoning it altogether. We have to accept that we cannot force people to buy copyrighted works, but at the same time, we have to enforce laws against counterfeiting. Most importantly, we have to look at the evidence such as what furthers creativity yet does not deny protection to those who need it to create? We should also reject the increasingly strident and, he argues, ill-informed denunciations of delivery systems: Google Booksearch and DVRs are merely technologies, and are not the problem. Throughout, he stresses that we need to recognize that the consumer is king. Law can only solve legal problems, not business problems, and too often we use law to solve business problems. Practical yet prescriptive, this book helps to reshape our understanding of what the real problems actually are and assists in navigating through the increasingly complex dilemmas surrounding authorship and rights in the digital age.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
ISBN: 9780199760091
0199760098
Branch Call Number: 346.0482 P3149h 2011
Characteristics: x, 323 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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