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Copy Fights: The Future of Intellectural Property in the Information Age [Paperback]

by Adam Thierer
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July 1, 2002 1930865244 978-1930865242
A debate on the theory of intellectual property, the evolution of copyright and patent law, and the use of technology to protect intellectual property. An important book on cutting-edge issues.

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This collection of essays "springs" from the Fifth Annual Cato/Forbes ASAP Technology and Society conference, "The Future of Intellectual Property in the Information Age," and is split into two parts: Theory (comprising four essays) and Current Disputes in Intellectual Property Law (consisting of 14 essays). Contributors include John Perry Barlow, Tom W. Bell, Jim DeLong, Mitch Glazier, Jessica Litman, and Peter Wayner. The work contains varying perspectives and is quite current. There are several articles on Napster and the implications of Peer-to-Peer technology. However, while claiming to deal with intellectual property as a whole, there is not one article about trademarks, and the articles about patents mostly concern themselves with business methods. With copious notes and familiar faces, this collection has promise, but these arguments have been presented before and nothing significantly new has been added. Recommended only for intellectual property library collections and completists.
Rob Martindale, Dallas P.L.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


...a provocative and balanced collection that examines both the current theories and the practice of intellectual property protection. -- David S. Evans in Foreign Affairs on November 2002

Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930865244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930865242
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,281,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! April 25, 2004
If you are a copyright "nerd" (as I am) this book is a great addition to your collection. This book has some wonderful essays on the current issues facing the copyright world. I couldn't put it down, all of the essays are very thought provoking and well written. If you like books written by Lessig, Litman, and Siva, you will love this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a little boring January 28, 2007
I guess it was to be expected though. It is just a bunch of transcripts of speechs given about copyright from both sides.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Snapshot March 21, 2008
This book provides a good discussion of digital copyright issues that were fresh (some would say raw) back in 2001 when the book was published. About half of the essays focus on the Digital Millienium Copyright Act, and that law's anti-technology circumvention measures. I'd like to see something new from the authors on the subject, although in the digital age a blog would be more useful and current than a book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cato Institute Book Covers Some Issues June 15, 2005
I read this book for a law course on current copyright law issues. The book is based off of a conference sponsored by the Cato Institute, so it has a libertarian slant. The first section on copyright theory is helpful if you aren't familiar with it, but I found that the arguments were basically the same ones I read in my copyright casebook. A large chunk of the book talks about the DMCA and in particular its anti-circumvention provision, with most of the writers complaining against it. The points they make can get repetitive, and I found myself skimming them after a while. I was disappointed that the writers weren't more creative about their topics; there are certainly other issues going on out there. There are a few chapters towards the end that talk about patents, and since I know nothing about patents and didn't get the book to learn about them I didn't bother with those chapters at all.
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