Digital Copyright

  title={Digital Copyright},
  author={Jessica Litman},
  journal={Intellectual Property: Copyright Law eJournal},
  • Jessica Litman
  • Published 1 April 2017
  • Political Science
  • Intellectual Property: Copyright Law eJournal
I completed the original manuscript of Digital Copyright in 2000, two years after Congress enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The 1976 Copyright Act was itself 24 years old, and beginning to show its age. The Internet, in contrast, was still new and shiny and scary, especially for legacy entertainment and information businesses and the copyright lawyers who represented them. Seventeen years later, the Internet has become an essential feature of all of our lives and the copyright laws… 

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