Digital revolution in copyright law

How modern technology affects copyright law

Jennifer Baltimore, deputy general counsel of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

If you were the Walt Disney Co., and you saw thousands upon thousands of fan-created videos that featured your intellectual property cropping up on YouTube, would you crack down on those violations or would you “Let It Go?”

This type of conundrum illustrates an issue that copyright holders face in this era of pervasive digital technology. We’ve come a long way since the early days of Napster, but the same questions posed by that technology still plague copyright law today. Namely, will digital technology sap the value of my intellectual property?

The future of copyright law

While patent reform is a hot topic in Washington, D.C., these days, potential reform to copyright law has not received as much attention. Perhaps the biggest piece of legislation in this arena in the past 20 years was the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was passed in 1998.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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