Rip, Mix, Burn: The Politics of Peer to Peer and Copyright Law
First Monday, Vol. 7, No. 8, August 2002
31 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2004
Whereas Lessig's recent work engages with questions of culture and creativity in society, this paper looks at the role of culture and creativity in the law. The paper evaluates the Napster, DeCSS, Felten and Sklyarov litigation in terms of the new social, legal, economic and cultural relations being produced. This involves a deep discussion of law's economic relations, and the implications of this for litigation strategy. The paper concludes with a critique of recent attempts to define copyright law in terms of first amendment rights and communicative freedom.
Keywords: Copyright law, peer to peer networks, technological protection measures, constitutional law, first amendment rights, Napster, Freenet, Kazaa, 2600 Magazine, Ed Felten, Dmitry Sklyarov
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