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Class 11




How should copyright law respond, if at all, to the challenges posed by the internet? How should we think about attempts to protect copyrighted works through technology? How, if at all, should the law respond to such attempts? Will copyright law be increasingly irrelevant on the internet?


  1. Mark Stefik, Trusted Systems, Scientific American (Mar. 1997)

  2. Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1997, 17 U.S.C. sec. 1201, 1202

  3. Universal Studios v. Reimerdes, 111 F. Supp.2d 294 (S.D.N.Y. 2000) (Westlaw version)

  4. Tom Bell, Fair Use vs Fared Use: The Impact of Automated Rights Management, 76 N.C. L. Rev. 557 (1998)

  5. Julie Cohen, Some Reflections on Copyright Management Systems, 12 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 161 (1997)

  6. Eric Schlachter, The Intellectual Property Renaissance in Cyberspace: Why Copyright Law Could Be Unimportant on the Internet, 12 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 15 (1997)

  7. John Perry Barlow, The Economy of Ideas, Wired 2.03 (Mar. 1994)


  1. Declan McCullagh, Descramble that DVD in 7 Lines, Wired News, March 7, 2001.

  2. RealNetworks, Inc. v. Streambox, Inc., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1889 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 18, 2000)

  3. Pamela Samuelson, The Copyright Grab, 4.01 Wired 135 (1996)

  4. Richard Stallman, The Right to Read

  5. Jane C. Ginsburg, From Having Copies to Experiencing Works: The Development of an Access Right in U.S. Copyright Law, in Hugh Hansen, ed., U.S. Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (Sweet & Maxwell, 2000)

  6. Charles Mann, Who Will Own Your Next Idea?, Atlantic Monthly


Do you think that a widespread system of "metered" or "fared" use of copyrighted materials would be a good thing? If so, should the law be changed to support such a system? If not, should the law be designed to hinder such a system?

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