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.

A Brief History of Copyright: Where We Are and How We Got Here

A brief history of copyright: Where we are and how we got here

Why Look Back?

How did a law enacted at the start of the eighteenth century become central to the culture and economy of the twenty-first century? In order to understand contemporary debates about copyright, it is useful to consider the historical context as well as key perspectives, distinctions and changes that have marked copyright's path to the present. Other authors have looked in-depth at these topics: for example, Rose (1993) considers how the notion of authorship is linked to and shaped by the emergence of copyright in the eighteenth century; Deazley (2004) looks at the major changes and challenges to copyright ...

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