Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=243115
 
 

Footnotes (289)



 


 



Copyright History and the Future: What's Culture Got to Do with it?


Paul Edward Geller


Independent - Attorney

2000

Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Vol. 47, pp. 209-64, 2000

Abstract:     
In the light of history, this article seeks to prompt thought about future copyright lawmaking. Its first part analyzes three historical phases: pre-copyright, when works were disseminated orally and in manuscripts and artifacts, but hardly as public goods; the emergence of copyright, when the advent of printing increased risks of piracy, and European states in time responded with copyright laws; modern copyright law, starting in the nineteenth century, when treaties started to globalize such law, allowing industrialized media to release more and more works into ever-larger markets. The second part of the article considers copyright issues likely to arise in the near future, as the patchwork of media markets worldwide melds into one networked marketplace: it is argued that, in resolving these issues, lawmakers should increasingly harmonize and simplify copyright rules, and judges tailor the scope of rights at the level of remedies. The third part of the article then critiques established utilitarian and natural-rights rationales of copyright to clear the way for new solutions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 56

Keywords: copyright, history, print, internet, harmonization, remedies

JEL Classification: K11, K19, K39, L82, Z1


Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: September 25, 2000 ; Last revised: April 26, 2016

Suggested Citation

Geller, Paul Edward, Copyright History and the Future: What's Culture Got to Do with it? (2000). Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Vol. 47, pp. 209-64, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=243115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.243115

Contact Information

Paul Edward Geller (Contact Author)
Independent - Attorney ( email )
Law Offices, Suite 905
12100 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310-440-0047 (Phone)
310-440-0048 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.pgeller.com
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 8,593
Downloads: 1,531
Download Rank: 7,411
Footnotes:  289

© 2016 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollobot1 in 2.203 seconds