Digital technology has forever changed the way media is created, accessed, shared and regulated, raising serious questions about copyright for artists and fans, media companies and internet intermediaries, activists and governments. Taking a rounded view of the debates that have emerged over copyright in the digital age, this book: Looks across a broad range of industries including music, television and film to consider issues of media power and policy.; Features engaging examples that have taken centre stage in the copyright debate, including high profile legal cases against Napster and The Pirate Bay, anti-piracy campaigns, the Creative Commons movement, and public protests against the expansion of copyright enforcement.; Considers both the dominant voices, such as industry associations, and those who struggle to be heard, including ordinary media users, drawing on important studies into copyright from around the world.
Offering media students and scholars a comprehensive overview of the contemporary issues surrounding intellectual property through the struggle over copyright, Understanding Copyright explores why disagreement is rife and how the policymaking process might accommodate a wider range of views.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Understanding Copyright in the Digital Age
Introduction: Understanding Copyright in the Digital Age
Few aspects of our professional and personal lives have gone untouched by the digital shift. Digital technology is the current that runs through the way we communicate with one another and engage with the world around us. It has changed the manner in which news and entertainment media is produced, distributed and consumed, and it has collapsed the boundaries and roles related to such activities. As a consequence, laws that worked in an analogue world have struggled to keep pace with new digital developments. One area that has been especially stretched to breaking point by digital technologies and activities is intellectual property (IP), and copyright in particular.
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