class6 - Policy Problems and Convergent Technology Laws...

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1 Policy Problems and Convergent Technology • Laws from the past, with technologies of today and tomorrow Issues of ownership • Copyright protects “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression” Important question today: • Who owns content? • Who has the right to distribute that content?
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2 Do you own what you post on the Internet? • Mashups • Can you use pre-recorded music? • Can you use images of other people? • When you post pictures on Facebook, could you be sued? Milestones in copyright legislation in the US • 1790 • 1976 – copyright code • 1998-Sonny Bono copyright extension act (the Mickey Mouse Act) • 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act Today, regular copyright covers: • Life of the creator plus 70 years • Does this matter for digital content?
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3 From Betamax to P2P • File sharing and the 4th Amendment • Technology meets Constitutional Law 4th Amendment • “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2009 for the course COMM 334 taught by Professor Jaricehanson during the Spring '09 term at UMass (Amherst).

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