- Hardcover: 261 pages
- Publisher: Hill & Wang Pub; 1 edition (January 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809053810
- ISBN-13: 978-0809053810
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,445,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Goldstein, a Stanford law professor and copyright expert, here makes what can be a dry subject positively sparkle. Writing with humor, color and lucidity, he offers laypeople and professionals alike a swift history of copyright, its philosophies in different nations (a matter of great importance in the current GATT talks with Europe) and zeroes in keenly on the recent controversies surrounding it. There is an account of the 30-year-old, epochal Williams & Wilkins case against government medical libraries for excessive copying of journals that, improbably, has the dash of a courtroom thriller; and a brilliant examination of Congress's reluctance to become involved in the vexed question of private, at-home copying on tape recorders and VCRs. Throughout, Goldstein is careful to make clear the radically different philosophies of intellectual property that often sunder such otherwise sound allies as publishers and librarians: the copyright optimists, seeking to expand its sway, and the pessimists, seeking to limit it. This is essential reading for book people, stimulating and thought-provoking fare for everyone.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Goldstein (law, Stanford) has produced an enlightening and highly readable addition to the copyright forum. Geared toward a more general audience than his Copyright: Principles, Law and Practice (Little, Brown, 1989), this new work highlights the evolution of legal and popular thought on copyright, emphasizing how it has shaped copyright law in the United States. He also discusses intriguing issues such as how the concept of fair use evolved; why "private" (i.e., for your own use) copying is currently allowed; how the issue of private copies could change with the introduction of movies (or books or music) on demand, fed via satellite directly to you; and how international concepts of but is of potential interest to anyone who owns a copyright, uses copyrighted material, or is concerned about how copyright laws may change in the future. Recommended for both special and general libraries.
Johanna Johnson, Dallas P.L.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
Goldstein presents the history of copyright law in the US through court cases and not laws. The three cases described in great detail each with a chapter to itself are Williams and Wilkins vs the United States in which it was ruled that libraries can make xeroxes of copyrighted material, the Betamax Decision and a discussion of a lawsuit in French courts in which Ted Turner was blocked from showing a colorized version of The Asphalt Jungle in France. With the exception of the French case, which shows how US copyright law is based on very different principles than in Europe, these are cases that are getting alot of attention right now as people try to make sense of the internet. Trying to reconcile US copyright with copyright laws elsewhere is a big issue but not as pressing as for example whether I will be arrested for downloading all those mp3s. Many other cases are discussed in less detail. The selection of cases is excellent and it would benefit everyone to understand these cases.
The final chapter of Copyright's Highway looks to the future and gives various speculations about what will happen with copyright on the internet. Here the idea of the Celestial Jukebox, a sattelite from which all information in existence can be accessed by people on earth for a price, is described. Other issues include the pending lack of historical data because electronic publications can be modified and restrictions on copying can contribute to there being one source for any document, so older editions are not available for comparison. This chapter ties in the history Goldstein has described with restrictions and freedoms that will affect us in the near future. It may also date this book as time passes.
I reccommend Copyright's Highway to those who want a better understanding of current issues in copyright and how we got where we are in relation to copyright. It is very readable and presents detailed facts in an entertaining way.
-Edward Samuels, author of The Illustrated Story of Copyright