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Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law Hardcover – October 5, 2011
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"A reasoned, calm manifesto for reform; the trouble is that it's easier for the little guy to pay a ransom than to fight in court. A must-read for all content creators."--Library Journal
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Mazzone's book is about Copyfraud: falsely claiming copyright ownership of another's creative works. Given all the crying by record and production companies about piracy, who knew that they were stealing, too? This book is an eyeopening account of false copyright claims and what can be done to remedy a bad situation. Especially in light of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, it is shocking to think that it's easier to punish a high school student for illegally downloading a song than the record company for illegally claiming to own it.
This is a must read--not just for artists, photographers, musicians, and writers--but for ordinary folk like me who enjoy a great piece of nonfiction and care about preserving my rights.
Mazzone explains what the copyright laws are and how they are being abused in the first six chapters, tackles trademarks in one chapter, then presents detailed proposals for "how to stop copyfraud, protect fair use, and restore the public domain." He begins with copyfraud, the most straightforward form of overreaching, which is simply "the act of falsely claiming a copyright in a public domain work." This commonly occurs with works for which the copyright has expired and is exploited to force people to pay licensing fees for public domain works. The uncertainty built into the definition of "fair use" causes even more expensive problems, when companies insist that every snippet of their work be licensed. -Having attended NYU, I wondered when someone would get around to suing them for all those photocopied course packets. Mazzone talks about that too.Read more ›
Intellectual property commentary has not spent enough time on the fact of IP overenforcement as it confronts users. Mazzone's book highlights an underappreciated problem of rights fabrication that threatens to become a form of private legislation. If the intellectual property system is to genuinely promote innovation and creativity, it will need to address the problems he describes. Mazzone's policy recommendations are wise and often original, both recognizing and building on a large law review literature on IP reform.
There are many works that critique copyright overenforcement, but none frames the issue in the way that Mazzone does. Moreover, his closing arguments present a uniquely level-headed and persuasive account of the policy changes that could improve matters.
Mazzone hits the "sweet spot" between sparse summary and prolix pontification. Mazzone is a gifted writer who can make an argument about even dry topics move briskly and engagingly. Overall, a wonderful read and a worthy contribution to the IP literature.
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I had the opportunity to see Prof. Mazzone speak about copyfraud, and the topic was interesting enough that I bought the book to learn more. I was not disappointed.Published on November 18, 2013 by Daniel Bruzzone
To the point. Problem is that the entrenched interests will continue to ignore the "fair use" that people are entitled to, and use fear of litigation as a brickbat to... Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by B. DAVIS
Read this book and get schooled.
I for one hope the someone someday will take this material, build a case and save "Fair Use". Read more
This book starts rather off topic with a polemic about access to California beaches. Yes there are parallels but it doesn't really add much--if anything--and could have been done... Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by G. Robinson
Excellent book in that it gives sources for his statistics and references. Also well written and moves right along. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Martin Montana
Brooklyn Law Professor Jason Mazzone has created a wonderful guide and overview to intellectual property and its uses and abuses. Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by MDS
This book is a must in any legal professional's library since it deals with an area that is of utmost importance in today's world. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by trini u. melcher,Ph.D, CPA