Social Media, Sharing, and Intellectual Property Law
35 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2018
Date Written: 2015
Book review of The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in the Jewish Tradition, by Roberta Rosenthal Kwall (Oxford University Press, NY, 2015).
Reviewing The Myth of the Cultural Jew through the lens of social media and the sharing culture that has grown rapidly. Intellectual property law has had a hard time keeping pace with the norms of sharing, which oftentimes has meant that the law is used to halt the sharing. This Commentary argues that this attack on social media’s sharing culture may result in a sterile and sycophantic world where the only shareable creations are those approved by the intellectual property holders. Given this, this Commentary seeks to answer the question of how the voices of the users of intellectual property – those that share on social media – can be heard and impact intellectual property laws. Part of this answer is found within Professor Roberta Rosenthal Kwall’s book, The Myth of the Cultural Jew. This Commentary draws three lessons from Professor Kwall’s book, and then utilizes these lessons to help craft suggestions to strengthen the voices of social media users.
Keywords: social media, intellectual property law, sharing, user creations, Jewish law, Judaism, book review
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