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Digital Copyright And The Consumer Revolution

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Digital Copyright And The Consumer Revolution

Hands off my iPod

Matthew Rimmer

Matthew Rimmer, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Associate Professor, The Australian National University College of Law and Associate Director, ACIPA, Australia

2007 384 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 948 5
Paperback 978 0 85793 371 3

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‘Matthew Rimmer’s book provides much needed insight into the current status of digital copyright and its relationship to the general purchasing public. . . This book, which has a structure that flows with concinnity and concision, makes it easy to navigate some of the most complicated and controversial issues.’
– Lisa Wong, Osgoode Hall Law Journal


Further information

This book documents and evaluates the growing consumer revolution against digital copyright law, and makes a unique theoretical contribution to the debate surrounding this issue.

With a focus on recent US copyright law, the book charts the consumer rebellion against the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act 1998 (US) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 (US). The author explores the significance of key judicial rulings and considers legal controversies over new technologies, such as the iPod, TiVo, Sony Playstation II, Google Book Search, and peer-to-peer networks. The book also highlights cultural developments, such as the emergence of digital sampling and mash-ups, the construction of the BBC Creative Archive, and the evolution of the Creative Commons.

Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution will be of prime interest to academics, law students and lawyers interested in the ramifications of copyright law, as well as policymakers given its focus upon recent legislative developments and reform proposals. The book will also appeal to librarians, information managers, creative artists, consumers, technology developers, and other users of copyright material.

Full table of contents

Contents: Preface 1. The Dead Poets Society: The Copyright Term and the Public Domain 2. Remote Control: Time-shifting and Space-shifting 3. The Privateers of the Information Age: Copyright Law and Peer-to-peer Networks 4. The Grey Album: Copyright Law, Digital Sampling and Mash-ups 5. Grand Turismo in the High Court: Copyright Law and Technological Protection Measures 6. Agent Smith and the Matrix: Copyright Law and Intermediary Liability 7. Google: Search or Destroy? 8. Remix Culture: The Creative Commons and its Discontents Conclusion: A Consumer’s Manifesto, the Declaration of Innovation Independence Bibliography Index

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