What Everyone Needs to Know

Neil Weinstock Netanel


What Everyone Needs to Know

Neil Weinstock Netanel






15 Aug 2018


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What Everyone Needs to Know

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Copyright law was once an esoteric backwater, the special province of professional authors, publishers, and media companies. This is no longer the case. In the age of social media and cloud storage, we have become a copying and sharing culture. Much of our everyday communication, work, and entertainment now directly involves copyright law.

Copyright law and policy are ferociously contested. Record labels, movie studios, book publishers, newspapers, and many authors rage that those who share music, video, text, and images over the Internet are "stealing" their property. By contrast, copyright industry critics celebrate digital technology's potential to make the universe of movies, music, books, and art accessible anytime and anywhere - and to empower individuals the world over to express themselves by sharing and remixing those works. These critics argue that excessive copyright enforcement threatens that promise and stifles creativity.

In Copyright: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Neil Netanel explains the concepts needed to understand the heated debates about copyright law and policy. He identifies the combatants, unpacks their arguments, and illuminates what is at stake in the debates over copyright's present and future.


Introduction I. The Battles over Copyright: Overview II. Copyright - What It Is and What It Is Not III. Why Have Copyright Law? IV. Fair Use V. Current Controversies VI. Copyright in the International Arena VII. "The Next Great Copyright Act": How Might Copyright Be Reformed? Acknowledgements Notes Further Reading Index


Neil Weinstock Netanel , Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law, UCLA School of Law

Neil Weinstock Netanel holds the Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He writes and teaches in the areas of copyright, trademark, and international intellectual property. His recent books include From Maimonides to Microsoft and Copyright's Paradox.