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The copyright wars : three centuries of trans-Atlantic battle

Author: Peter Baldwin
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Today's copyright wars can seem unprecedented. Sparked by the digital revolution that has made copyright -- and its violation -- a part of everyday life, fights over intellectual property have pitted creators, Hollywood, and governments against consumers, pirates, Silicon Valley, and open-access advocates. But while the digital generation can be forgiven for thinking the dispute between, for example, the publishing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Baldwin
ISBN: 9780691161822 0691161828 9780691169095 0691169098
OCLC Number: 865543996
Awards: Commended for PROSE Awards: Law and Legal Studies 2015
Description: 535 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : The agon of author and audience --
The battle between Anglo-American copyright and European authors' rights --
From royal privilege to literary property : a common start to copyright in the eighteenth century --
The ways part : copyright and authors' rights in the nineteenth century --
Continental drift : Europe moves from property to personality at the turn of the century --
The strange birth of moral rights in Fascist Europe --
The postwar apotheosis of authors' rights --
America turns European : the battle of the booksellers redux in the 1990s --
The rise of the digital public : the copyright wars continue in the new millennium --
Conclusion: Reclaiming the spirit of copyright.
Responsibility: Peter Baldwin.
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Today's copyright wars can seem unprecedented. Sparked by the digital revolution that has made copyright -- and its violation -- a part of everyday life, fights over intellectual property have pitted creators, Hollywood, and governments against consumers, pirates, Silicon Valley, and open-access advocates. But while the digital generation can be forgiven for thinking the dispute between, for example, the publishing industry and Google is completely new, the copyright wars in fact stretch back three centuries -- and their history is essential to understanding today's battles. Peter Baldwin explains why the copyright wars have always been driven by a fundamental tension. Should copyright assure authors and rights holders lasting claims, much like conventional property rights, as in Continental Europe? Or should copyright be primarily concerned with giving consumers cheap and easy access to a shared culture, as in Britain and America? This book describes how the Continental approach triumphed, dramatically increasing the claims of rights holders. It also tells the widely forgotten story of how America went from being a leading copyright opponent and pirate in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to become the world's intellectual property policeman in the late twentieth.

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Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Law & Legal Studies, Association of American Publishers "[F]ascinating and learned."--Louis Menand, New Yorker "Baldwin quite ably and thoroughly Read more...

 
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