Copyright's Highway by Paul Goldstein
From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox

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Paul Goldstein is the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford University and is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on intellectual property law. He is the author of a four-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law and a one-volume treatise on international copyright law, as well as two widely adopted law school texts on intellectual property. He has testified before congressional committees dealing with intellectual property matters and has been an invited expert at international governmental meetings on copyright issues.


From eighteenth-century copyright law, to current-day copyright issues on the internet, to tomorrow's "celestial jukebox"--a digital repository of books, movies, and music available on demand--Paul Goldstein presents a thorough examination of the challenges facing copyright owners and users. One of the nation's leading authorities on intellectual property law, Goldstein offers an engaging, readable, and intelligent analysis of the effect of copyright on American politics, economy, and culture.

Goldstein presents and analyzes key legal battles, including Supreme Court decisions on home taping and 2 Live Crew's contested sampling of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman." In this revised edition, the author expands the discussion to cover electronic media, including an examination of recent Napster litigation, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the vexed Secure Digital Music Initiative, under which record companies attempted to develop effective encryption standards for their products.

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Paul Goldstein is regularly included in Best Lawyers in America and is the author of two previous Michael Seeley novels.
Published June 19, 2003 by Stanford Law and Politics. 256 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Despite the zingy subtitle, this is a rather bland, diffuse history of copyright law's response to developing technology.

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Goldstein, a Stanford law professor and copyright expert, here makes what can be a dry subject positively sparkle.

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Copyright was once called "the metaphysics of the law" by a bemused judge precisely because it seeks to answer questions that are almost ineffable: Who, after all, owns an idea, a plot, a character, an image or a phrase?

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