Copyright Law is Obsolete, by Anna Mancini, Ph. D

About the Book

Copyright laws worldwide were created for a publishing world where books were tangible, printed in a limited number and sold within territory based markets. Technological changes are giving place to a new book market where books are intangible, exist in unlimited number of copies and travel worldwide in an increasingly global market. In this emerging 
global book market made possible by the conjunction of the Internet, e-book technologies, DRM and print on demand devices, the three important legal concepts traditionally used in copyright laws have become obsolete: territory, property and the Aristotelian idea of justice. These three concepts were well suited to the tangible book market but are no longer for the virtual book market where persons matter more than objects. This book invites the reader to explore the specific functioning of the virtual economy. It proposes guidelines to modernize copyright law so that it can foster an adequate use of new communication technologies. For the first time in History, the humankind has acquired a technology that allows to create a world of information affluence and freedom of speech or its opposite.

This book explains why the option for abundance and freedom must prevail, how the law can support this movement and what would be, to the contrary, the disastrous consequences of the other option. This book goes beyond a simple reflection on the book market and considers the choice of society, even of civilization implied by the use, right or wrong, of the new communication technologies. 

Copyright Law Is Obsolete








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Anna MANCINI, Ph. D, is a specialist in intellectual property laws and Internet law and has published several books on these subjects. She has worked with a patent firm in Paris and media companies in Brussels and taught at university level. She is the founder of Innovative Justice, a Paris-based research organization on the modernization of law, created in 1994. The French version of this book received a grant from the French Centre National du Livre (National Center of Books). 

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