A Short History of Copyright

A Short History of Copyright

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This book tells the story of how, over centuries, people, society and culture created laws affecting supply of information. In the 21 century, uniform global copyright laws are claimed to be indispensable to the success of entertainment, internet and other information industries. Do copyright laws encourage information flow? Many say that copyright laws limit dissemination, harming society. In the last 300 years, industries armed with copyrights controlled output and distribution. Now the interneta€™s disruption of economic patterns may radically reshape information regulation. Information freedom, a source of emancipation, may change the world.Napstera#39;s software enabled file-sharers to identify MP3 files for downloading by reference to a central server. ... to avoid infringement liability by decentralizing methods of distribution and permitted sharing of movie or video files as ... software that enabled users to download files directly from identifying computers, without using indexes generated on a central server. ... traffic in 2009 (see Hamilton 2009).11 By 2013, uTorrent dominated the market, followed at a distance by BitTorrent.

Title:A Short History of Copyright
Author:Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2014-07-08


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