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Copyright Class Struggle
Creative Economies in a Social Media Age


  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107193635

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  • Earning an income in our time often involves ownership of or control over creative assets. Employing the law and philosophy of economics, this illuminating book explores the legal controversies that emerge when authors, singers, filmmakers, and social media barons leverage their rights into major paydays. It explores how players in the entertainment and technology sectors articulate claims to an ever-increasing amount of copyright-protected media. It then analyzes efforts to reform copyright law, in the contexts of 1) increasing the rights of creators and sellers, and 2) allocating these rights after employment and labor disputes, constitutional challenges to intellectual property law, efforts to legalize online mashups and remixes, and changes to the amount of streaming royalties paid to actors and musicians. This work should be read by anyone interested in how copyright law - and its potential reform - shapes the ownership of ideas in the social media age.

    • Analyzes the law's response to the evolution of the World Wide Web from relatively static pages into rich networks of creative users
    • Explores how economists, lawyers, and politicians seek to regulate social media content in the name of protecting employment and profits in copyright industries
    • Provides insights into a future of relatively unrestrained literary and audiovisual creativity on the Internet, and into how capital and labor may adapt to the possibilities unleashed
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107193635
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. On owning ideas in our time
    Part I. IP Disparities:
    2. Authors as hired hands
    3. Independent invention and its discontents
    Part II. IP Liberties:
    4. Hollywood's copyright exemptions?
    5. The Beijing consensus
    Part III. Pirate's Dilemmas:
    6. The inquisitorial internet
    7. Why we can't build universal digital libraries
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Hannibal Travis, Florida International University College of Law
    Hannibal Travis is Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law, where his research focuses on the universal accessibility of digital libraries, the rights of authors and performers to compensation from streaming sites under international and domestic law, privacy and the surveillance of Facebook or YouTube activity, and copyright and patent reform. Previously he practiced technology and entertainment law at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and at O'Melveny & Myers in San Francisco.

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