Friday, June 22, 2007


I agree that the history of these industries, of Valenti, of the norms that linked economic imperatives and ideological frameworks, would be fascinating. I think of Siva's book Copyrights and Copywrongs as being quite good in this regard. For me it felt like it would be too much to try to tackle that as well. So the historical impulse that I said I drew from my committee, in the project, meant that I tackled these relatively recent phenomena as historical ones: both that they were embedded in and shaped by what came before, part of and advancing a legacy of decisions and arrangements, and that they could be looked at as having their own historical trajectory, even if only a few moments or a few years past.

Thanks again for the invite, and for the honor of adding the book to your reading list. I'm open to more conversation if people continue to think and talk about the book and the issues it raises.

1 comment:

John said...

One of the issues we discussed a bit was the “irrational fears” on the part of content industries (specifically motion picture and music) that all of their sources of revenue will disappear absent some forms of digital rights protection. I wonder if there is also perhaps “irrational fear” on the part of those of us who worry about potential for rights lost through technological changes proposed by the content industry (myself absolutely included!).

Yet, between these two “irrational fears,” there may be some value in the dialog that is taking place. Copyright law and technological standards evolve so slowly that finding a compromise between these two seemingly polar positions might be an important part in the production of law and social consensus (despite the drawbacks inherent in law made through compromise).

Further, I'm personally interested in the role that this dialog plays in informing the public about copyright law, and in its role creating norms of compliance. Do people listen to the Valentis and Gillespies of the copyright debate? How do their arguments impact their actions? If the “average Joe” isn't listening, are those who can really make an impact listening (legislators, academics, creative types, industry people)? What impact does it have on them, and any potential policy?

Thanks for the interesting read, and for responding to comments, Tarleton!

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