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.

Copyright Policy: How Policy Represents (or Fails to Represent) Different Groups

Copyright policy: How policy represents (or fails to represent) different groups


There is nothing natural or inevitable about copyright or the specific form it takes. While copyright law has converged around the world in recent years, historically countries have taken different decisions about what protection, if any, to give to cultural works. To understand copyright today and how it might change in future, we need to examine the processes by which decisions about copyright are made. In this chapter, we focus on the copyright policymaking process and assess the extent to which it reflects the interests and values of the different groups considered in this book.

Ideally, the process that decides copyright policy would be a ...

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