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Description: View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Introduction . "...Perhaps the most impressive thing about Vaidhyanathan, a superb writer and speaker, is that he has made such complicated issues not only understandable but almost, well, entertaining." Library Journal "A fascinating journey through the cultural history of copyright law.Copyrights and Copywrongsis remarkably readable, mercifully free of legal jargon, and entertaining. It is also thoroughly researched and includes extensive notes and references. This text belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the ethics and development of copyright." International Journal of Law and Information Technology "Vaidhyanathan traces the expansion of American copyright from the late nineteenth century on, giving an especially interesting account of the complexities and absurdities raised by its application to film and music." American Quarterly "This book makes it clear that copyright struggles are not new and will continue in the years ahead. . . . He makes that case readable, understandable, and even entertaining." Portal: Libraries and the Academy "Remarkably readable, free of legal jargon, and entertaining . . . the author's arguments are cogent, enlightening, and important to all information professionals." College & Research Libraries "Illuminating" BookforumApril-June 2002 "It has taken lawyers 200-plus years to morph copyright law from the balanced compromise that our framers struck to the extraordinary system of control that it has become. In this beautifully written book, a nonlawyer has uncovered much of the damage done.Copyrights and Copywrongsis a rich and compelling account of the bending of American copyright law, and a promise of the balance that we could once again make the law become." Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School and author ofCode and Other Laws of Cyberspace "Siva Vaidhyanathan has done a big favor for the academic and library communities. In this book, he has spelled out in clear, understandable language what's at stake in the battles over the nation's intellectual property. The issues brought forward are critical to the future of scholarship and creativity. Librarians and academics are wise to purchase this book and add it to their aelig;must read' lists." Nancy Kranich, President, American Library Association, 2000ucirc;2001 "Copyrights and Copywrongsis an urgent information-age wake-up call to a public cocooned in belief that aelig;copyright' is a seal and safeguard for consumers and producers of culture-ware. This book guides us into the legal labyrinth of a new world of so-called intellectual property, in which aelig;fair use' isn't fair, where rights are waived and free speechwhen we can get itcosts a great deal of money. From print books to video games,Copyrights and Copywrongsshows free expression in a legalistic chokehold. Clearly written, meticulously argued, this book is a must." Cecelia Tichi, author ofEmbodiment of a Nation: Human Form in American Spaces "Bravo! When you read this brillant, often-amusing, always-penetrating book and you must read it as soon as possible you will be persuaded that our Founding Fathers were wise and right when they made the law allowing an author's copyright to exist for a limited time only, either 14 or 28 years."CU Cityview Copyright reflects far more than economic interests. Embedded within conflicts over royalties and infringement are cultural valuesa