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 11: Toward the next great Copyright Act?

Christopher S. Reed

Abstract

The story of copyright policy in the United States is as much about faith and religion as it is about law and jurisprudence. Faced with potential changes to the status quo, major stakeholders retreat to their familiar positions, unwilling to waver for fear of ending up worse off than they are now. But recently, evolving business imperatives and a changing political climate have led to signs that the major players may be willing to soften their longstanding policy positions in favor of legislative progress.

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