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A Short History of Copyright

The Genie of Information

  • Benedict Atkinson
  • Brian Fitzgerald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 1-1
  3. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 3-13
  4. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 15-22
  5. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 23-36
  6. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 37-43
  7. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 45-61
  8. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 63-69
  9. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 71-86
  10. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 87-94
  11. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 95-102
  12. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 103-110
  13. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 111-120
  14. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 121-128
  15. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 129-136
  16. Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
    Pages 137-137
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 139-142

About this book

Introduction

This book tells the story of how, over centuries, people, society and culture created laws affecting supply of information. In the 21st century, uniform global copyright laws are claimed to be indispensable to the success of entertainment, internet and other information industries. Do copyright laws encourage information flow? Many say that copyright laws limit dissemination, harming society. In the last 300 years, industries armed with copyrights controlled output and distribution. Now the internet’s disruption of economic patterns may radically reshape information regulation. Information freedom, a source of emancipation, may change the world.

Keywords

Copyright History Information Innovation Law

Authors and affiliations

  • Benedict Atkinson
    • 1
  • Brian Fitzgerald
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawAustralian Catholic UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of LawAustralian Catholic UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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