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Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet (Film and Culture Series) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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Both scholarly and readable, this will be of interest to movie history buffs and those who deal with copyright issues.(Library Journal)
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.(Choice)
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)
Superb.(Film & History)
An exemplary work.(Brian Real Film Quarterly)
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)
There was a time when mentioning copyright drew yawns across faculty lounges and barstools, but no longer. This crucial component of our cultural infrastructure is now the topic of the day. Peter Decherney's sure-handed, able history of Hollywood and copyright gives us a rich perspective on the industry's past, present, and possible future.(Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside, coauthor of Greening the Media)
This carefully researched and evenhanded page-turner chronicles the century-long, give-and-take among powerful studios, content creators, and evolving technology. From cutthroat business practices to hard-fought legal decisions, Peter Decherney thoughtfully charts a history that can cast individuals and conglomerates in the varying roles of victim and victimizer with rapid speed. Hollywood's Copyright Wars is an invaluable chronicle and a compulsive read―just like an absorbing and complex movie thriller.(Warren Lieberfarb, former president, Warner Bros. Home Video)
Peter Decherney's broad knowledge of cinema history, coupled with his well-informed grasp of a century of developments in U.S. copyright law, makes this a unique and compelling book.(Robert Spoo, University of Tulsa College of Law)
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The book starts from early days of the Hollywood studio days and comes to the present day. To me, the most fun section to read was the first half of the book - because it talks of those old days and for which we do not see enough written on the internet or wiki.
The early days and explanation on 'duping', practices of the old studios etc are described in a lucid style, with lots of case discussions and the book has some nice images as well.