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The Fight over Digital Rights
The Politics of Copyright and Technology

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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107015975

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  • In the political fight over copyright, Internet advocacy has reshaped the playing field. This was shown most dramatically in the 2012 “SOPA blackout,” when the largest online protest in history stopped two copyright bills in their tracks. For those not already familiar with the debate, this protest seemingly came out of nowhere yet was the culmination of an intellectual and political evolution more than a decade in the making. This book examines the debate over digital copyright, from the late 1980s through early 2012, and the new tools of political communication involved in the advocacy around the issue. Drawing on methods from legal studies, political science, and communications, it explores the rise of a coalition seeking more limited copyright, as well as how these early-adopting, technology-savvy policy advocates used online communication to shock the world. It compares key bills, congressional debates, and offline and online media coverage using quantitative and qualitative methods to create a rigorous study for researchers that is also accessible to a general audience.

    • This is the first scholarly book discussing the 2012 SOPA blackout and the political history that led up to it
    • Presents a unique combination of methods providing a new way to think about and study political communication in the digital era
    • The most detailed political history of digital copyright in over a decade
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107015975
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Lightning in a bottle
    Part I. A Political History of Digital Copyright through 2006:
    2. The Audio Home Recording Act, 1987–92
    3. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    4. A DRM interlude:
    1999 to 2002
    5. DMCA reform and the broadcast flag
    Part II. Political Communication in Key DRM Debates, 1989–2006:
    6. Communicating in Congress
    7. Communicating in print
    8. The copyright and DRM debate online
    9. Comparing the online and offline DRM debates
    Part III. The Present and Future of Digital Copyright and Digital Advocacy:
    10. The DRM debate withers, 2007–10
    11. New strategies and an historic uprising
    12. The future of digital rights - and digital fights.

  • Author

    Bill D. Herman, Hunter College, City University of New York
    Bill D. Herman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. He earned a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, in 2009. His work has appeared in journals such as the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Law and Policy and the Federal Communication Law Journal.

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