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By Paul Goldstein

From eighteenth-century copyright legislations, to current-day copyright matters on the web, to tomorrow's “celestial jukebox”—a electronic repository of books, video clips, and song on hand on demand—Paul Goldstein provides an intensive exam of the demanding situations dealing with copyright proprietors and clients. one of many nation's best gurus on highbrow estate legislations, Goldstein bargains an enticing, readable, and clever research of the impact of copyright on American politics, economic climate, and culture.Goldstein provides and analyzes key criminal battles, together with very best courtroom judgements on domestic taping and a pair of stay Crew's contested sampling of Roy Orbison's “Pretty Woman.” during this revised version, the writer expands the dialogue to hide digital media, together with an exam of modern Napster litigation, the electronic Millennium Copyright Act, and the vexed safe electronic track Initiative, lower than which list businesses tried to improve powerful encryption criteria for his or her products.Praise for the 1st edition:“A smart and colourful booklet that lines copyright background from the discovery of the printing press via present demanding situations to copyright from new applied sciences . . . . so much compelling [on] multimedia technologies.”—Sabra Chartrand, the recent York Times"This eminent authority writes with readability, lucidity and a wry humorousness a few topic whose complexities might be daunting."—Jonathan Kirsch, l. a. Times"A splendidly American story of ways legislations, literature, politics and megabucks intersect."—William Petrocelli, San Francisco Chronicle

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The reporter of decisions may have miscounted the judges' vote, for there is some evidence that the justices had in fact voted 6-5, or even 7-4, that common law copyright survived the Statute of Anne. In any was only advisory. It was ultimately the vote of the of Lords, 22-11 in Donaldson's favor, Lord Mansfield ab- event, the vote House staining once again, that became the decision in the case, overturn- ing the Chancery injunction. Within a week of the Lords' decision, the publishers were back in Parliament seeking relief.

But the low protectionists also make it is on justice. Why, they ask, should writers get more than money they need to get them to the writing table? Anything more than this is a windfall better shared in the form of lower prices a claim And, they add, every writer invariably draws on the works and traditions of earlier writers; since they all borrow for their readers. from others, they should share some part of their revenue with suc- ceeding generations. The moral impulse to protect authors is much older than copyright.

Breyer 's thesis, and the response to it, would have the radical right lawyers in most countries outside the United struck copy- States as bizarre. European, Asian, and Latin American nations have copyright laws that look and work in many respects like American copyright law. But, unlike copyright law in the United States, Britain, and countries of the former British empire, their copyright laws rest squarely on the natural rights philosophy that Breyer dismissed as the "intuitive unanalyzed feeling" that an author's work is his property.

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