Complexity and Copyright in Contradiction

51 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 1999

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Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law


The title of the article is a deliberate play on architect Robert Venturi's classic of post-modern architectural theory, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. The article analyzes metaphorical 'architectures' of copyright and cyberspace using architectural and land use theories developed for the physical world. It applies this analysis to copyright law through the lens of the First Amendment. I argue that the 'simplicity' of digital engineering is undermining desirable 'complexity' in legal and physical structures that regulate expressive works.

Keywords: copyright, first amendment, fair use

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Madison, Michael J., Complexity and Copyright in Contradiction. Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2000, Available at SSRN:

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