A Copyright Bibliography

Copyright And `The Exclusive Right' Of Authors
Professor Lyman Ray Patterson, Pope Brock Professor of Law at the University of Georgia.
(Journal of Intellectual Property, Vol. 1, No.1, Fall 1993)

The Nature of the Book
Adrian Johns, University of Chicago Press, 1998

An Unhurried View of Copyright
Benjamin Kaplan, Columbia University Press, 1967

Five Hundred Years of Printing
S. H. Steinberg, Penguin Books, 1955, revised 1961

Authors and Owners
Mark Rose, Harvard University Press, 1995

6 Comments

Re: Link is no good

What a pity. That's the second time the Patterson has disappeared from a URL, too. I wonder if it's still online anywhere... It would be kind of ironic if it were pulled down for copyright reasons, but I don't know if that's the case :-). If anyone has an updated link, please let us know; I wasn't able to find one.

Re: One I like...

Can't help but notice the irony at the top of that article:

Reprinted with permission from volume 17 of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal, 1997 (17 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 651)

:-)

The article ends with a sentiment that we argue is too restrictive:

Copyright owners should be able to defend their creations against pure copying and against harm to market share. These two uses form a boundary that is easily policed and that fulfills the legitimate goals of copyright law. When no lucrative market share is sought and productive use is made of copyrighted characters, fan fiction should be recognized as expressing a protected and valuable form of human creativity - if only in the margins.

As Nina Paley points out in Understanding Free Content, free enterprise is part of free culture too. The only necessary monopoly is that on identity: attribution should be preserved (and easily is — it gets easier, not harder, the more copies there are). Just because a business model is successful when done via monopoly does not mean that the monopoly is justified. If New York City gave me exclusive right to allocate parking spaces, I'd get very rich, but that wouldn't make it a good law from the public's point of view.

The points Rebecca Tushnet is making about fan fiction apply to everything. Let's stop dividing up culture into areas that deserve freedom and other areas that don't. They all deserve freedom.