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The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act

U.S. Copyright Policy for the 21st Century Christopher S. Reed, Adjunct Faculty, Claremont Graduate University, US
The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act provides a unique perspective on one of the most active periods of copyright policy discourse in the United States since the enactment of the Copyright Act of 1976. Christopher S. Reed documents and assesses the major issues confronting the U.S. copyright system today, offering an inside view of the Copyright Office’s attempts at reform as part of a comprehensive account of the complex dynamics between key stakeholder communities, government and legislation.
Extent: c 256 pp
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Publication Date: October 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78897 594 0
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The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act provides a unique perspective on one of the most active periods of copyright policy discourse in the United States since the enactment of the Copyright Act of 1976. Using the then-Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante’s landmark speech of 2013 The Next Great Copyright Act as a catalyst, Christopher S. Reed documents and assesses the major issues confronting the U.S. copyright system today.

The book offers an inside view of the Copyright Office’s attempts at reform as part of a comprehensive account of the complex dynamics between key stakeholder communities, government and legislation. Chapters also explore relevant areas of copyright such as orphan works and mass digitization, online copyright enforcement, visual arts and music licensing, and demonstrate that despite previous difficulties the time is now ripe for an update to U.S. copyright law.

This insightful book will be of great value to scholars and legal practitioners with a focus on copyright law and policy, and will also prove a useful resource for instructors teaching copyright policy at an advanced level. Others with an interest in intellectual property, technology and connected culture, or politics and government will also find this book an engaging read.

‘This is an insightful and fascinating read for anyone interested in the history and future of copyright law. As a prolific photographer and attorney (as well as a former senior policy advisor for the U.S. Copyright Office), Christopher S. Reed writes from a unique, bird’s eye perspective on the public’s perception of copyright issues and legislation, and what the future of copyright policy may hold. Definitely a must read!’
– Keith Kupferschmid, Copyright Alliance, US

‘Christopher S. Reed sets the stage to understand the current history of the Copyright Office and the Copyright Act. His book is interesting and insightful, creating a record that will be important to scholars and historians at a key time in our copyright development. For anyone teaching or wanting to know about current issues within the context of the last few years, this is the go-to book. Reed knows his stuff, and makes it understandable and readable too.’
– Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Tulane University, US
Contents: Preface PART I 1. New beginnings 2. Thinking a little more boldly PART II 3. Orphan works and mass digitization 4. Online copyright enforcement 5. Copyright protection systems 6. Visual arts 7. Music licensing 8. Cable, satellite, and the future of television 9. Administering the copyright law PART III 10. Regime changes 11. Toward the next great copyright act? Index