Edited by Ruth Towse and Christian Handke
Chapter 17: Copyright law
Digitization has challenged copyright law in two directions, leaving a more complex set of policy problems in its wake. First, digital technology has radically enhanced the ease of copying and distributing copyrighted works, with troubling implications for creators and copyright owners. Second, digital technology has simultaneously offered copyright owners new enforcement tools and alternative exclusion strategies, with troubling implications for consumers. Legal scholars have addressed both sides of digitizationís impact on copyright protection. In fact, with the challenges of digitization has come a flowering of research from multiple disciplinary perspectives, which has increased over the last 20 years. The purpose of this chapter is to offer a brief introduction and guide to recent legal scholarship on copyright. The main thesis is that copyright research by legal scholars has much to offer that is essential for economic research that is nuanced, institutionally sophisticated, and relevant to policy makers.
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