Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Law Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Science and Technology Law

2008

Vanderbilt University Law School

Copyright policy

Articles 1 - 1 of 1

Full-Text Articles in Law

The Specter Of Copyism V. Blockheaded Authors: How User-Generated Content Affects Copyright Policy, Tom W. Bell Jan 2008

The Specter Of Copyism V. Blockheaded Authors: How User-Generated Content Affects Copyright Policy, Tom W. Bell

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

Technological advances, because they have radically lowered the costs of creating and distributing expressive works, have shaken the foundations of copyright policy. Once, those who held copyrights in sound recordings, movies, television shows, magazines, and the like could safely assume that the public would do little more than passively consume. Now, though, the masses have seized (peacefully acquired, really) the means of reproducing copyrighted works, making infringement cheap, easy, and, notwithstanding the law's dictates, widespread. Copyright holders thus understandably fear that their customers have begun to treat expressive works like common property, free for all to use. That, the specter …