Hollywood's Copyright Wars From Edison to the Internet

ISBN-10: 0231159471

ISBN-13: 9780231159470

Edition: 2013

Authors: Peter Decherney
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Description: Copyright law is important to every stage of media production and reception. It helps determine filmmakers' artistic decisions, Hollywood's corporate structure, and the varieties of media consumption. The rise of digital media and the internet has only expanded copyright's reach. Everyone from producers and sceenwriters to amateur video makers, file sharers, and internet entrepreneurs has a stake in the history and future of piracy, copy protection, and the public domain. Beginning with Thomas Edison's aggressive copyright disputes and concluding with recent lawsuits against YouTube, Hollywood's Copyright Wars follows the struggle of the film, television, and digital media industries to influence and adapt to copyright law. Many of Hollywood's most valued treasures, from Modern Times (1936) to Star Wars (1977), cannot be fully understood without appreciating their legal controversies. Peter Decherney shows that the history of intellectual property in Hollywood has not always mirrored the evolution of the law. Many landmark decisions have barely changed the industry's behavior, while some quieter policies have had revolutionary effects. His most remarkable contributions uncover Hollywood's reliance on self-regulation. Rather than involve congress, judges, or juries in settling copyright disputes, studio heads and filmmakers have often kept such arguments "in house," turning to talent guilds and other groups for solutions. Whether the issue has been battling piracy in the 1900s, controlling the threat of home video, or managing modern amateur and noncommercial uses of protected content, much of Hollywood's engagement with the law has occurred offstage, in the larger theater of copyright. Decherney's unique history recounts these extralegal solutions and their impact on American media and culture.

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Peter Decherney is assistant professor of cinema studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Theater of Copyright
Piracy and the Birth of Film
Hollywood's Golden Age of Plagiarism
Auteurism on Trial: Moral Rights and Films on Television
Hollywood's Guerrilla War: Fair Use and Home Video
Digital Hollywood: Too Much Control and Too Much Freedom
Conclusion: The Copyright Reform Movement
Notes
Index
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