"Could you be committing $4.5 billion in copyright infringements every year? John Tehranian's witty, engaging book suggests that the answer might be yes, and explains why the fault lies not with you, but with the copyright laws."
--Mark A. Lemley
William H. Neukom Professor, Stanford Law School
"Somewhere along the line copyright became a law everyone breaks. Why that happened and what might be done is the topic of this lively and thoughtful work. Highly recommended."
Author of Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
"Professor Tehranian examines how the current copyright regime too often undermines the place of the individual in the cultural landscape, through subtle motions in policy and precedent. In an era when people routinely illustrate their sense of self with collections of quotes or streaming music on online profiles, Tehranian issues a call for a productive re-evaluation of the effect of copyright law, not just by industry, but by individuals themselves."
Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University
makes a compelling case for reforming existing doctrine and the development of a copyright 2.0 and would make an excellent addition to the reading list of any course on copyright law." --Brooklyn Law School Library Blog
"Tehranian presents an insightful critique of the copyright regime, including its underappreciation of non-transformative works and its hierarchy of protection that privileges sophisticated, repeat players. The book concludes with suggested reforms that might restore the copyright regime to its role as a stimulator of creativity. Infringement Nation offers unique insight into the perils of a future in which harsh sanctions and overbroad infringement claims continue to diverge from societal norms, and makes a convincing case for immediate reform of the copyright regime."
--Harvard Law Review
About the Author
is the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School and the Bierderman Entertainment and Media Law Institute in Los Angeles, California. He is also a founding partner of One LLP, an entertainment and intellectual property firm in Southern California known for handling high-profile copyright infringement litigation. In the course of his legal practice, Tehranian has represented clients in a wide range of cases, from the alleged infringement of Winston Churchill's speeches, an ownership dispute over the recording of Jimi Hendrix's last major concert, and publicity rights over the images of Bette Davis and Bettie Page to fair use rights to Britney Spears photographs, remake rights to a Jules Verne novel and political parody rights to a Don Henley classic. Tehranian has previously served as Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, and as Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, he is the author of numerous articles on the interface between law and culture, with a particular focus on issues of intellectual property, entertainment, and civil rights. He is also the author of the book Whitewashed