Infringement Nation: Copyright 2.0 and You

Hardcover | April 8, 2011

byJohn Tehranian

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Written on the occasion of copyright's 300th anniversary, John Tehranian's Infringement Nation presents an engaging and accessible analysis of the history and evolution of copyright law and its profound impact on the lives of ordinary individuals in the twenty-first century. Organized aroundthe trope of the individual in five different copyright-related contexts - as an infringer, transformer, pure user, creator and reformer - the book charts the changing contours of our copyright regime and assesses its vitality in the digital age. In the process, Tehranian questions some of our mostbasic assumptions about copyright law by highlighting the unseemly amount of infringement liability an average person rings up in a single day, the counterintuitive role of the fair use doctrine in radically expanding the copyright monopoly, the important expressive interests at play in even theunauthorized use of copyright works, the surprisingly low level of protection that American copyright law grants many creators, and the broader political import of copyright law on the exertion of social regulation and control. Drawing upon both theory and the author's own experiences representing clients in various high-profile copyright infringement suits, Tehranian supports his arguments with a rich array of diverse examples crossing various subject matters - from the unusual origins of Nirvana's "Smells Like TeenSpirit," the question of numeracy among Amazonian hunter-gatherers, the history of stand-offs at papal nunciatures, and the tradition of judicial plagiarism to contemplations on Slash's criminal record, Barbie's retrousse nose, the poisonous tomato, flag burning, music as a form of torture, thesmell of rotting film, William Shakespeare as a man of the people, Charles Dickens as a lobbyist, Ashley Wilkes's sexual orientation, Captain Kirk's reincarnation, and Holden Caulfield's maturation. In the end, Infringement Nation makes a sophisticated yet lucid case for reform of existing doctrineand the development of a copyright 2.0.

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Written on the occasion of copyright's 300th anniversary, John Tehranian's Infringement Nation presents an engaging and accessible analysis of the history and evolution of copyright law and its profound impact on the lives of ordinary individuals in the twenty-first century. Organized aroundthe trope of the individual in five different...

John Tehranian 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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 7.09 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:April 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Individual as Infringer2. The Individual as Transformer3. The Individual as Pure User4. The Individual as Creator5. The Individual as CreatorConclusionIndex