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My Library: Copyright And The Role Of Institutions In A Peer-To-Peer World, Rebecca Tushnet Jan 2006

My Library: Copyright And The Role Of Institutions In A Peer-To-Peer World, Rebecca Tushnet

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Today's technology turns every computer - every hard drive - into a type of library. But the institutions traditionally known as libraries have been given special consideration under copyright law, even as commercial endeavors and filesharing programs have begun to emulate some of their functions. This Article explores how recent technological and legal trends are affecting public and school-affiliated libraries, which have special concerns that are not necessarily captured by an end-consumer-oriented analysis. Despite the promise that technology will empower individuals, we must recognize the crucial structural role of intermediaries that select and distribute copyrighted works. By exploring how traditional libraries ...