Technology's disruptive effect on copyright law

IP laws have had their challenges as the layman constantly issues content across the Internet that baits current legislation

The Internet has thoroughly ravaged the traditional parameters of copyright laws that had been set forth by U.S. lawmakers to ensure intellectual property protection before the consumer-based use of the Internet and its general monetization by enterprises. The vast and deep cultural effects that the digital age has had on U.S. copyright laws will likely be ongoing for many years as newer technologies increasingly disrupt the landscape of IP protection as we think we know it based on the progression of internet technologies, but such is the nature of legislature: always needing to adjust to the newest technology at hand.

Indeed, an escalating conflict is now reaching the ears of the Supreme Court. Aereo -- a startup TV company with plenty of Silicon Valley funding -- is being brought to the steps of the high court to defend itself against U.S. TV broadcasters who claim it unlawfully skirts retransmission fees using its antennae technology.  

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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