Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet (Film and Culture Series)

Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet (Film and Culture Series)

Peter Decherney


Copyright legislation is necessary to each level of media creation and reception. It is helping verify filmmakers' creative judgements, Hollywood's company constitution, and the forms of media intake. the increase of electronic media and the web has merely improved copyright's succeed in. all people from manufacturers and sceenwriters to beginner video makers, dossier sharers, and web marketers has a stake within the background and way forward for piracy, reproduction defense, and the general public area.

Beginning with Thomas Edison's competitive copyright disputes and concluding with fresh proceedings opposed to YouTube, Hollywood's Copyright Wars follows the fight of the movie, tv, and electronic media industries to persuade and adapt to copyright legislations. a lot of Hollywood's such a lot valued treasures, from Modern Times (1936) to Star Wars (1977), can't be absolutely understood with no appreciating their felony controversies. Peter Decherney exhibits that the historical past of highbrow estate in Hollywood has now not continually reflected the evolution of the legislations. Many landmark judgements have slightly replaced the industry's habit, whereas a few quieter rules have had innovative results. His such a lot striking contributions discover Hollywood's reliance on self-regulation. instead of contain congress, judges, or juries in settling copyright disputes, studio heads and filmmakers have usually stored such arguments "in house," turning to expertise guilds and different teams for suggestions. no matter if the difficulty has been combating piracy within the 1900s, controlling the specter of domestic video, or coping with sleek novice and noncommercial makes use of of secure content material, a lot of Hollywood's engagement with the legislation has happened offstage, within the higher theater of copyright. Decherney's special historical past recounts those extralegal ideas and their effect on American media and culture.

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