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The Illustrated Story Of Copyright

by Edward B. Samuels

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Starting from the perspective of the future of technological innovations such as computers and software, Samuels looks into the past, placing those innovations in historical context and giving life to what is generally considered an esoteric subject. He notes that U.S. copyright laws have been sufficiently flexible and adaptive to accommodate new issues. He examines contemporary issues from the MP3 music-sharing litigation to restrictions on copying video- and audiotapes. The book reads, in part, like a popular commentary on how regular people may be breaking the law. Interestingly, before the U.S. became an exporter of intellectual property after World War II, it was a rogue nation, a pirate of copyrighted work from Europe, primarily Britain. As a leader in technology and commerce, however, the U.S. has been influenced by international copyright standards. Besides the technicalities of varying terms of copyrights--the current term is the life of the author plus 70 years--readers will enjoy learning how copyright applies to pop-cultural products, from movies to musicals to computer software. Vernon Ford
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"Readers will enjoy learning how copyright applies to pop-cultural products, from movies to musicals to computer software."

"[Professor Samuels] gives us a lively sampling of both copyright law and copyright lore . . . With its informal humor, its social history, its non-legal style, and its snappy illustrations, [The Illustrated Story of Copyright] will place the current controversies over digital technologies in their historic continuum . . . Absolutely absorbing from cover to cover."—Ralph Oman, former Register to Copyrights

"The Illustrated Story of Copyright succeeds brilliantly."—New York Law Journal

"A lively and informed introduction to copyright law, The Illustrated Story of Copyright is as timely as it is readable."—Paul Goldstein, Stanford Law School, author of Copyright's Highway

"Copyright is often seen as an impediment to personal enjoyment, or as the engine of corporate greed. In this hostile environment, Professor Edward Samuels's The Illustrated Story of Copyright . . . is a welcome corrective. Samuels brings to life the inventors, investors, authors, and users whose sometimes competing interests shaped the . . . contours of modern copyright law."—Jane C. Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law, Columbia University Law School

"Not since Benjamin Kaplan's magisterial and prophetic An Unhurried View of Copyright, published in 1967, has anyone written so lucid and entertaining a book about this nearly dead but intrinsically fascinating subject . . . Samuels manages to convey in words and pictures all that any layman needs to know about . . . copyright, along with the latest in technology . . . His book should find a place on the desk of every publisher and also on those of songwriters, illustrators, art directors, and computer hackers."—Atlantic Monthly

"Readers will enjoy learning how copyright applies to pop-culture products, from movies to musicals to computer software."—Booklist

"Copyright expert Samuels succeeds admirably in his goal of providing an easy-to-understand review of copyright for the general public . . . [A] first-rate, accessible introduction to a hot topic."—Library Journal



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