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 8: Cable, satellite, and the future of television

Christopher S. Reed


The television business has been jolted by rapidly evolving technology over the past several years, but often those technologies conflict with long-established, carefully crafted copyright regimes based on decades of historic precedent. Where new meets old, the Copyright Office, as the primary steward of U.S. copyright policy, often gets stuck in the middle. This chapter addresses cases such as ABC Television v. Aereo and Fox Television Stations v. FilmOn X, the applicability of the section 111 license to new distribution models, and the FCC’s attempt at “unlocking” cable boxes.

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