Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution: Hands Off My iPod

Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2007.

Posted: 2 Jan 2007 Last revised: 1 Jun 2018

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Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Date Written: 2007


This book documents and evaluates the growing consumer revolution against digital copyright law, and makes a unique theoretical contribution to the debate surrounding this issue.

With a focus on recent US copyright law, the book charts the consumer rebellion against the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act 1998 (US) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 (US). The author explores the significance of key judicial rulings and considers legal controversies over new technologies, such as the iPod, TiVo, Sony Playstation II, Google Book Search, and peer-to-peer networks. The book also highlights cultural developments, such as the emergence of digital sampling and mash-ups, the construction of the BBC Creative Archive, and the evolution of the Creative Commons.

Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution will be of prime interest to academics, law students and lawyers interested in the ramifications of copyright law, as well as policymakers given its focus upon recent legislative developments and reform proposals. The book will also appeal to librarians, information managers, creative artists, consumers, technology developers, and other users of copyright material.

Table of Contents Introduction 1. The dead poets society: copyright term and the public domain 2. Remote control: time-shifting and space-shifting 3. The privateers of the information age: copyright law and peer-to-peer networks 4. The grey album: copyright law, digital sampling, and mash-ups 5. Grand turismo in the high court: copyright law and technological protection measures 6. Agent smith and the matrix: copyright law and intermediary liability 7. Google: search or destroy? 8. Remix culture: the creative commons and its discontents Conclusion. A consumer's manifesto: the declaration of innovation independence

Keywords: Copyright Law, Consumer Rights, Copyright Term Extension, Time-Shifting and Space-Shifting, Peer-to-Peer Networks, Mash-ups, Technological Protection Measures, Safe Harbours for ISPs, Google and Search Engines, the Creative Commons

Suggested Citation

Rimmer, Matthew, Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution: Hands Off My iPod (2007). Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2007., Available at SSRN:

Matthew Rimmer (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ( email )

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Brisbane, Queensland QLD 4000

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