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Author Baldwin, Peter, 1956- author.

Title The copyright wars : three centuries of trans-Atlantic battle / Peter Baldwin.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]


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Description 535 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-512) and index.
Contents Introduction : The agon of author and audience -- The battle between Anglo-American copyright and European authors' rights -- From royal privilege to literary property : a common start to copyright in the eighteenth century -- The ways part : copyright and authors' rights in the nineteenth century -- Continental drift : Europe moves from property to personality at the turn of the century -- The strange birth of moral rights in Fascist Europe -- The postwar apotheosis of authors' rights -- America turns European : the battle of the booksellers redux in the 1990s -- The rise of the digital public : the copyright wars continue in the new millennium -- Conclusion: Reclaiming the spirit of copyright.
Summary Today's copyright wars can seem unprecedented. Sparked by the digital revolution that has made copyright -- and its violation -- a part of everyday life, fights over intellectual property have pitted creators, Hollywood, and governments against consumers, pirates, Silicon Valley, and open-access advocates. But while the digital generation can be forgiven for thinking the dispute between, for example, the publishing industry and Google is completely new, the copyright wars in fact stretch back three centuries -- and their history is essential to understanding today's battles. Peter Baldwin explains why the copyright wars have always been driven by a fundamental tension. Should copyright assure authors and rights holders lasting claims, much like conventional property rights, as in Continental Europe? Or should copyright be primarily concerned with giving consumers cheap and easy access to a shared culture, as in Britain and America? This book describes how the Continental approach triumphed, dramatically increasing the claims of rights holders. It also tells the widely forgotten story of how America went from being a leading copyright opponent and pirate in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to become the world's intellectual property policeman in the late twentieth.
Subject Copyright -- Europe -- History.
Copyright -- United States -- History.
Copyright. (OCoLC)fst00878706
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780691161822 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
0691161828 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40024122894

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