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Title:Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Peter Decherney
Publisher:Columbia University Press
ISBN:0231501463
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:304
Category:Non fiction, History, Law

Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet by Peter Decherney

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet Copyright law is important to every stage of media production and reception It helps determine filmmakers artistic decisions Hollywood s corporate structure and the varieties of media consumption The rise of digital media and the internet has only expanded copyright s reach Everyone from producers and sceenwriters to amateur video makers file sharers and internet entrepreneurs has a stake in the history and future of piracy copy protection and the public domain .

Beginning with Thomas Edison s aggressive copyright disputes and concluding with recent lawsuits against YouTube Hollywood s Copyright Wars follows the struggle of the film television and digital media industries to influence and adapt to copyright law Many of Hollywood s most valued treasures from Modern Times to Star Wars cannot be fully understood without appreciating their legal controversies Peter Decherney shows that the history of intellectual property in Hollywood has not always mirrored the evolution of the law Many landmark decisions have barely changed the industry s behavior while some quieter policies have had revolutionary effects His most remarkable contributions uncover Hollywood s reliance on self regulation Rather than involve congress judges or juries in settling copyright disputes studio heads and filmmakers have often kept such arguments in house turning to talent guilds and other groups for solutions Whether the issue has been battling piracy in the s controlling the threat of home video or managing modern amateur and noncommercial uses of protected content much of Hollywood s engagement with the law has occurred offstage in the larger theater of copyright Decherney s unique history recounts these extralegal solutions and their impact on American media and culture