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In this review, I will first briefly address Professor Litman's evocation of the copyright law-making process. Her discussion of legislative history presents a valuable and compelling account, especially for those unfamiliar with copyright law. Nonetheless, it is not a principal focus of this review. For those who read the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (many of whom may well be copyright lawyers), the most provocative portions of the book, to which I will devote most attention, are likely to be the chapters in which Professor Litman (a) reviews and challenges various metaphors for copyright policy (Chapter 5, "Choosing Metaphors"); (b) in which she recounts the rocky relationship between copyright owners and developers of new technological means of disseminating works (Chapter 10, "The Copyright Wars"); and (c) in which she offers her own prescription for a simple, fair and workable copyright law (Chapter 12, "Revising Copyright Law for the Information Age"). DIGITAL COPYRIGHT does not dispel our disagreements about copyright's goals and proper scope; if anything, because Professor Litman is such an effective advocate, she has forced me to think harder about why, in many (though far from all) respects, I remain unconvinced. The following review therefore endeavors not only to present Professor Litman's arguments, but to offer some reasons for continued resistence to some of those claims.


Intellectual Property Law | Law


Digital Copyright by Jessica D. Litman, Prometheus Books, 2006.