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Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment

William W. Fisher III

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ISBN 10: 0804750130 / ISBN 13: 9780804750134
Published by Stanford University Press, 2004
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Title: Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the ...

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 2004

Book Condition: Good

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During the past fifteen years, changes in technology have generated an extraordinary array of new ways in which music and movies can be produced and distributed. Both the creators and the consumers of entertainment products stand to benefit enormously from the new systems. Sadly, we have failed thus far to avail ourselves of these opportunities. Instead, much energy has been devoted to interpreting or changing legal rules in hopes of defending older business models against the threats posed by the new technologies. These efforts to plug the multiplying holes in the legal dikes are failing and the entertainment industry has fallen into crisis. This provocative book chronicles how we got into this mess and presents three alternative proposals―each involving a combination of legal reforms and new business models―for how we could get out of it.

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“Digital technologies have given society an extraordinary cultural potential. If that potential is to be made real, we must reconcile it with the legitimate and important claims of copyright. In this beautifully written and careful work, Fisher, more completely than anyone else, maps the choices that we might make. He argues for a choice that would produce enormous social good. And while not everyone will agree with the conclusions he draws, no one who cares seriously about creators or culture can ignore the framework that he has set. There are choices that we as a society must make. And as Rawls did in political theory, or Milton Friedman did in economics, Fisher provides an understanding that will color policy analysis for the generations to come.”—Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School
“The strength of this book is Fisher's willingness to step above the political fray to solve problems. He has produced one of the most important books in media studies and law in some years. It is refreshing, bold, and provocative. We need it badly.” —Siva Vaidhyanathan, Director of Communication Studies, Department of Culture and Communication, New York University

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