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Vol 23 No 10 Oct/Nov 2018

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Civil Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure

Edited by: Thomas Grant, David Mumford
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Copyright and Class Struggle: The Ownership of Ideas in the Social Media Age

ISBN13: 9781316645031
Published: October 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £21.99

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Earning an income in our time often involves ownership of or control over creative assets. Employing the law and philosophy of economics, this illuminating book explores the legal controversies that emerge when authors, singers, filmmakers, and social media barons leverage their rights into major paydays. It explores how players in the entertainment and technology sectors articulate claims to an ever-increasing amount of copyright-protected media. It then analyzes efforts to reform copyright law, in the contexts of 1) increasing the rights of creators and sellers, and 2) allocating these rights after employment and labor disputes, constitutional challenges to intellectual property law, efforts to legalize online mashups and remixes, and changes to the amount of streaming royalties paid to actors and musicians. This work should be read by anyone interested in how copyright law - and its potential reform - shapes the ownership of ideas in the social media age.

  • Analyzes the law's response to the evolution of the World Wide Web from relatively static pages into rich networks of creative users
  • Explores how economists, lawyers, and politicians seek to regulate social media content in the name of protecting employment and profits in copyright industries
  • Provides insights into a future of relatively unrestrained literary and audiovisual creativity on the Internet, and into how capital and labor may adapt to the possibilities unleashed

Intellectual Property Law
1. On owning ideas in our time

Part I. IP Disparities:
2. Authors as hired hands
3. Independent invention and its discontents

Part II. IP Liberties:
4. Hollywood's copyright exemptions?
5. The Beijing consensus

Part III. Pirate's Dilemmas:
6. The inquisitorial internet
7. Why we can't build universal digital libraries
8. Conclusion.