Both scholarly and readable, this will be of interest to movie history buffs and those who deal with copyright issues.
A splendid new study of the legal, technological, and aesthetic wrangling over motion picture copyright wrongs and rights, particularly timely.
(Thomas Doherty Moving Image Source
Decherney's readable book provides a century of evidence about the complicated relationship between film, law, and power.
(Rebecca Tushnet Jotwell: Cyberlaw
A groundbreaking study on what has been an understudied aspect of American film history.
(Jan-Christopher Horak Archival Spaces: Memory, Images, History
Have you ever wondered if a book about copyright law could be as compelling as the Fifty Shades trilogy, but without BDSM scenes? Well, wonder no further. The answer, after reading Hollywood's Copyright Wars by Peter Decherney, is definitely yes.
(Eleonora Rosati Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
...an informative, well-written history of developments that have profoundly shaped American culture from Edison to YouTube. Highly recommended.
Enjoyable and engrossing... insightful.... Recommended for academic lawlibraries, undergraduate libraries, and public libraries.
(Jacquelyn McCloud Law Library Journal
Any collection strong in Hollywood media issues needs this fine survey, which goes beyond the scenes to probe the decisions and actions that often take place outside the actual courtroom.
(The Midwest Book Review
A richly detailed and compelling account that is a much-needed addition to the cultural and political history of copyright law. It is essential reading for media and communications scholars and students, but also highly recommended to anyone interested in copyright law.
(Burcu Baykurt Media Culture and Society
(Film & History
I tell my students that one cannot understand how media work without understanding copyright. With deep research and lively writing, this book makes that point emphatically. Peter Decherney shows how the copyright system shaped the American film industry and how film in turn shaped copyright. This is cultural history at its best.
(Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia, author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity