The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act
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The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act

U.S. Copyright Policy for the 21st Century

Christopher S. Reed

The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act provides a unique perspective on one of the most active periods of copyright policy discourse in the United States since the enactment of the Copyright Act of 1976. Christopher S. Reed documents and assesses the major issues confronting the U.S. copyright system today, offering an inside view of the Copyright Office’s attempts at reform as part of a comprehensive account of the complex dynamics between key stakeholder communities, government and legislation.
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Chapter 6: Visual arts

Christopher S. Reed

Abstract

Perhaps no other group of copyright owners has been more severely affected by outdated copyright laws than visual artists, whose works are often immediately separated from metadata that identifies the copyright owner, and which are easily reproduced and distributed widely on the internet with impunity. Specific topics include the proposed establishment of a small-claims court for lower-value infringement claims for which full-blown federal litigation would prove too costly, improvements to the copyright registration system to better accommodate visual works, and the creation of a “resale royalty” that would allow visual artists to participate in the appreciation of their work after they are first sold.

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