About the Book
Copyright in a Global Information Economy
Julie E. Cohen
Georgetown University Law Center
Lydia Pallas Loren
Lewis & Clark Law School
Ruth L. Okediji
University of Minnesota Law School
Maureen A. O’Rourke
Boston University School of Law
2010. 832 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-9196-7. With Teacher's Manual.
About the Book
Copyright in a Global Information Economy is a casebook for Copyright Law that explores the full range of copyright law topics and emphasizes copyright’s relationship to technological change and globalization.
- Comprehensive coverage of all basic topics in domestic and international copyright law, including:
- the purpose and sources of copyright law
- the requirements for obtaining copyright protection and proving infringement
- the effects of technology shifts on copyright protection and litigation
- Balanced treatment of a range of controversial issues in copyright law, including challenges on the boundaries of copyrightable subject matter, issues relating to third party liability, evolution of the many varied aspects of fair use, and full treatment of the first decade of cases under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
- Integrated treatment of the international dimensions of copyright law including discussion of multilateral and bilateral treaties, European Union Directives, and significant WTO decisions, rather than a separate chapter on international issues.
- Concisely edited cases, allowing for a breadth of coverage while maintaining reasonable reading assignments.
- Clear and logical organization designed to maximize students’ grasp of the fundamental policy disputes underlying copyright law and to invite students’ examination of these policy issues from different perspectives in a variety of contexts.
- Practical, interesting examples and problems.
- Accessible and clear writing style.
- Photographs provide visual aid in case discussion.
- Distinguished authors well known for their scholarship.
- Accompanied by a Teacher’s Manual with sample syllabi and an author website (www.coolcopyright.com) that includes an internal page for each case in the casebook, giving additional factual information concerning the parties and the works at issue, links to other resources related to the case, and a link to the full text of the opinion; PDFs of second edition cases no longer in the third edition are also available on the site.
New to the Third Edition:
- A new chapter pulls together cases on licensing and private ordering that are currently of prime significance in copyright law. This revised approach permits professors and students to explore not only basic licensing issues but the challenges brought about by the open source and creative commons movements.
- Revised and expanded treatment of copyright remedies in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in eBay v. MercExchange (in 2006) and the recent controversies relating to large statutory damages awards.
- Revised treatment of third party liability and the copyright challenges brought by social networking sites and general web 2.0 issues.
- Updated note material throughout, reflecting more recent case law and scholarship.
- Excerpts from the following cases:
- Meshwerks, Inc. v. Toyota Motor Sales
- Asset Marketing Systems, Inc. v. Gagnon
- Jacobsen v. Katzer
- Capitol Records, Inc. v. Thomas
- Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc.
- Cartoon Network LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc. (known as the “Cablevision” case)
- Perfect 10, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc.
- Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley Limited
- Discussion of the Google Book Search settlement
- IQ Group, Ltd. v. Wiesner Publishing