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New York University Press, One of the most accessible and oft-cited books about the current copyright situation, Copyrights and Copywrongs, is now available in paperback. Siva Vaidhyanathan is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, but he tackles the subject in a way that is both informative and copyrihts.
For example, who would expect a book on copyright to begin by quoting Groucho Marx? He replied that he was surprised that Warners claimed to own a name like Casablanca, since it had been attached to a certain Moroccan city for centuries.
Then Marx pondered how the copyrightd audience could possibly confuse the Marx Brothers project with the widely successful Warner Brothers production. American filmgoers, Marx argued, could probably distinguish between Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman and his blond brother Harpo Marx. He went on to ask how the Warners could call themselves brothers, since the Marx Brothers were brothers before they were. Groucho replied with a ridiculous plot in which brother Chico was living in a Grecian urn on the outskirts of the city.
When the lawyers replied asking for more, he changed the plot to one in which ocpyrights played a character named Bordello, the sweetheart of Humphrey Bogart, and Chico was running an ostrich farm. The Warner Brothers lawyers finally gave up. Groucho made his film, but in the half century since the lawyers have not gone away. They, and their corporate employers, have become ever more aggressive in seizing parts of the public domain, restricting fair use, forbidding derivative works and limiting parody.
With the advent of the Internet there is a major effort underway to surround the new technology with legal barbed wire, for the benefit of older distribution methods and established interests.
Copyright advocates say they are merely stopping copyright theft. But is what they are doing really theft by copyright?
review: Vaidhyanathan, Copyrights Copywrongs » Television and Record Industry History Resources
However he is a child of the media, and obviously loves music, and many of his examples revolve around the music and film industries. The book begins with a reasonably concise summary of copyright principles and evolution during the 18 th and 19 th centuries.
Once they get what they want there, cppywrongs lobby the U. Congress arguing that they simply want U.
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Now publishers of directories are arguing that facts themselves can be copyrighted, and want Congress to pass a bill protecting the facts they have gathered. Among other things, this could shut down most of discography.
Twain was influential during deliberations on the copyright act.
There then are stories about skirmishes over early films, including those of D. American Music Challenges the Copyright Tradition. There are even racial overtones it seems.
Copyright is a European tradition emphasizing ownership and control; the African tradition is more one of community. Even politics and parody have been attacked.
The distinction here seems to be protection for parody a critical statement about the original songbut not copyights satire humor about a more general subject. Copyrights and Copywrongs is both informative and a good read.
It is coppyrights recommended. November 23, Copyrights and Copywrongs: Reviewed by Tim Brooks One of the most accessible and oft-cited books about the current copyright situation, Copyrights and Copywrongs, is now available in paperback.