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Author Baldwin, Peter, 1956- author
Title The copyright wars : three centuries of trans-Atlantic battle / Peter Baldwin
Imprint Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  K1420.5 B182 2014    AVAILABLE    30530001197227
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  346.404 B1938 2014    AVAILABLE  -  30500101523929
 人文社會聯圖  K1420.5 .B359 2014    AVAILABLE    30660020159971
Descript 535 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-512) and index
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
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
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