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Electronic Highway Robbery: An Artist's Guide to Copyrights in the Digital Era Paperback – July, 1996

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Although most of us think we know something about copyright law, few of us know what's fully protected and what's not. For artists, especially those who publish their work on the Web, copyright issues are now more important than ever, and the book to use as a point of reference is Electronic Highway Robbery: An Artist's Guide to Copyrights in the Digital Era. Mary Carter wisely says that you can't stop everyone from downloading your images and copying them, and she points out that in some cases it doesn't matter. She also considers the notions that copyright law is obsolete and that artists should use the Web for giving free samples of their work in order to encourage purchases. She discusses digital watermarking; work for hire; fair use of images, including comment, parody, and criticism; and de minimis doctrine--the idea that copying an insignificant portion of an image is acceptable. This is a fine book for artists who want guidance in following copyright law and in enforcing their own copyrights.

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If you are an artist working in the digital world, you frequently face a key legal question: Who owns what? Electronic Highway Robbery tackles the thorny questions that arise around copyright law on the digital frontier. Artist and author Mary Carter interviewed top digital copyright lawyers for this clearly written, easy-to understand guide, which covers copyrighting original work, public domain, ownership of scanned images, and tips on protecting your rights while respecting those of others.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201883937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201883930
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,170,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Finally a book on copyright for the web written in right-brain language that a non-lawyer can understand.
The web is the modern day equivilant to the Old Wild West in which images are freely copied, modified and redistributed, all over the world, where they might be seen, and re-used by portentially millions of people. The rights of the individual author and artist are blatantly disregarded, to some extent because of willful disregard for the property of others, but mostly because of ignorance. The notion that the web is for everybody is all the justification some people need to plunder your images.
This book explains our rights and copyrights as artists, designers, and content providers and tells in plain words what we can do to protect ourselves from being the victims of web crimes.
Mary Carter's strength is in her ability to condense large mountains of infomation into small bitesized bits of information.
This book is extremely well written, and unlike most books written by lawyers, it is written with wit and charm.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Gary W. Priester Graphic Designer
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