Is the Sky Falling on the Content Industries?

11 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2010 Last revised: 28 Apr 2020

Date Written: August 10, 2010


Content owners claim they are doomed, because in the digital environment, they can't compete with free. But they've made such claims before. This short essay traces the history of content owner claims that new technologies will destroy their business over the last two centuries. None have come to pass. It is likely the sky isn't falling this time either. I suggest some ways content may continue to thrive in the digital environment.

Suggested Citation

Lemley, Mark A., Is the Sky Falling on the Content Industries? (August 10, 2010). 9 Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law 125 (2011), Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1656485, Available at SSRN:

Mark A. Lemley (Contact Author)

Stanford Law School ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

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