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Embedded within conflicts over royalties and infringement are cultural values–about race, class, access, ownership, free speech, and democracy–which influence how rights are determined and enforced. Questions of legitimacy–of what constitutes “intellectual property” or “fair use,” and of how to locate a precise moment Copyright reflects far more than economic interests. Questions of legitimacy–of what constitutes “intellectual property” or “fair use,” and of how to locate a precise moment of cultural creation–have become enormously complicated in recent years, as advances in technology have exponentially increased the speed of cultural reproduction and dissemination.
In Copyrights and CopywrongsSiva Vaidhyanathan tracks the history of American copyright law through the 20th century, from Mark Twain’s vehement exhortations for “thick” copyright protection, to recent lawsuits regarding sampling in rap music and the “digital moment,” exemplified by the rise of Napster and MP3 technology.
He argues persuasively that in its current punitive, highly restrictive form, American copyright law hinders cultural production, thereby contributing to the poverty of civic culture. In addition to choking cultural expression, recent copyright law, Vaidhyanathan argues, effectively sanctions biases against cultural traditions which differ from the Anglo-European model. In African-based cultures, borrowing from and building upon earlier cultural expressions is not considered a legal trespass, but a tribute.
Rap and hip hop artists who practice such “borrowing” by sampling and mixing, however, have been sued for copyright violation and forced to pay substantial monetary damages. Similarly, the oral transmission of culture, which has a centuries-old tradition within African Vvaidhyanathan culture, is complicated by current copyright laws.
How, for example, can ownership of music, lyrics, or stories which have been passed down through generations be determined? Upon close examination, strict legal guidelines prove insensitive to the diverse forms of cultural expression prevalent in the United States, and reveal much about the racialized cultural values which permeate our system of laws.
Ultimately, copyright is a necessary policy that should balance public and private interests but the recent rise of “intellectual property” as a concept have overthrown that balance. Copyright, Vaidhyanathan asserts, is policy, not property. Bringing to light the republican principles behind original copyright laws as well as present-day imbalances and future possibilities for freer expression and artistic equity, this volume takes important strides towards unraveling the complex web of culture, law, race, and technology in today’s global marketplace.
Paperbackpages. To see what vajdhyanathan friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Copyrights and Copywrongsplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Abd and Copywrongs. Lists with This Book. May 13, Adam Ross rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a captivating, important book, which I read as part of my ongoing research into modern copyright law, which now extends into the far corners of everything, transforming culture into commodity, creativity into control, the public domain into a vacant house, the destruction of fair use, and more.
This book was helpful because it outlines the growth of copyright law from “Bloody” Mary Tudor all the way down beyond the Millennium Copyright Act ofand shows how copyright was originally This was a captivating, important book, which I read as part of my ongoing research into modern copyright law, which now extends into the far corners copywwrongs everything, transforming culture into commodity, creativity into control, the public domain into a vacant house, the destruction of fair use, and more.
This book was helpful because it outlines the growth of copyright law from “Bloody” Mary Tudor all the way down beyond the Millennium Copyright Act ofand shows how copyright was originally a temporary government-granted monopoly on ideas for the benefit of the publisher of creative work, and how it has been transformed into a “moral rights” issue.
Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity
Where the first copyrights were there to penalize publishers and not the public, now copyright has essentially criminalize everything, including the public. A scholarly, and not popular account, highly recommended on a very important subject. Jan 26, Matt rated it liked it. Though at times a bit dry and repetitive, Vaidhyanathan’s book surveys the history and copywrongd of copyright law and points out the gross lengths copuwrongs which it has deviated from the original intent.
Though he offers few solutions or even concrete suggestions, Vaidhyanathan writes compellingly and passionately, pulling examples from many of the creative arts. Interesting history of copyright in the US, with emphasis on the Constitutional directive that it support creativity. I clpywrongs to like this book more than I did, as it is znd by a lot of authors I’ve been reading on the subject.
Plus, I already figured I’d agree with his position in the debate on IP law. However, the prose is at times repetitive, and for every passage where the author lets personality show through, there seems to be an offsetting, academically-dry passage. In the end, it is Interesting history of copyright in the US, with emphasis on the Constitutional directive that it support creativity.
In the end, it is worth reading if you are interested in a short but fairly detailed outline of copyright law in vaidyhanathan US. Might want to skip the last bit where the death of copyright is predicted. But the author can’t be faulted for that, there have been some fairly big developments in the digital age of copyright since the book was written. Sep 27, Mia rated it really liked it Shelves: A fairly good overview of the history of copyright arguments in the U.
Things start falling apart in the final chapter on the digital age, but in part, that is because the book needs to be updated to reflect some of what has happened since its publication. In spite of the argument to the contrary that the author makes, CD sales are actually much lower now than they used to be, for instance.
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It is not at all clear that the evidence and histo A fairly good overview of the history of copyright arguments in the U. It is not at all clear that the evidence and histories the book presents support its underlying premise across the board.
It makes a decent if incomplete case though. And whereas I am fairly well versed in the situations of the past decade, I was completely unaware of the goings-on in the 19th and early 20th-Centuries. May 12, Miraese rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It’s cool too cause it’s got a t this book is a really interesting exploration of the history of copyright law.
It’s cool too cause it’s got a turntable on the cover. Jun 11, Ken rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a writer of a continuing series of archival and historical information that will never be published for public use, it is interesting to learn of so much of copyright law has stymied creativity where it could lead to the need to backpedal on what seems to be corporate control and legislative overreach.
Jul 15, Julie rated it it was amazing. I learned more from this book than I thought possible. It touches just the right balance between technical detail and readability.
Since the subject matter is complex, it is a bit dense, but the payoff of what you get out of it is worth it. Jul 18, s2artM rated it it was amazing Shelves: Interesting take on copyright for the 21st century lots of food for thought. Oct 21, Lolakay rated it liked it Shelves: I wrote a review of this for RCCS a while back.
Feb 11, Dylan rated it liked it. Full of info and whatever. Jun 02, Vinicius Menezes rated it liked it. A book that explains why have copyrights laws set in place Copyrightsand how they have been distorted in the US to actually disincentive creative enterprise Copywrongs. Apr 15, Catherine Siemann rated it liked it. Fairly basic from my perspective, but a good introduction for someone who hasn’t studied copyright law. Jun 02, Darrell rated it really liked it. Tim Koppang rated it really liked it Apr 27, Karl Nordenstorm rated it liked it Nov 25, Mikael Pawlo rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Peter rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Caprice Benoit rated it really liked it Feb 09, Matt Donahue rated it liked it Jul 15, Tim rated it liked it Jul 20, Rhonda Fisher rated it really liked it Apr 29, Denise Linn rated it liked it Jun 03, Tom rated it really liked it Feb 23, Kelly rated it liked it Mar 08, Ryan rated it liked it Apr 30, Colin rated it really liked it Sep 28, Cameron rated it liked it Jan 25, Henrique Antoun rated it liked it Dec 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is currently a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. In the feature story, Vaidhyanathan lauded librarians for being “on the front lines of copyright battles” and for being “the custodians of our information and cultural commons.
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