On the increasingly complex and combative arena of copyright in the digital age, where, for example, record companies sue college students over peer-to-peer music sharing. Challenges the notion that current copyright law has become obsolete in the era of digital technologies, and urges embracing a principle long embedded in copyright law, but often poorly understood – fair use. Surveys the landscape of contemporary copyright law – including the dampening effect it can have on creativity – before laying out how the fair-use principle can be employed to avoid outright violation. Also describes best practices developed with artists and professional groups, and fair use in an international context.
|(COMMUNICATION * COPYRIGHT LAW)