Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Digital Copyright & the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod

Book Launch:

Digital Copyright & the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod Digital Copyright & the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod

by Matthew Rimmer, Senior Lecturer, ACIPA, The Australian National University College of Law, Australia

The Friends Lounge,
The National Library of Australia,
Canberra, The Australian Capital Territory
3:00 pm, Friday, 21 September 2007

RSVP: matthew.rimmer(a)


‘Rimmer brings the tension between law and technology to life in this important and accessible work. Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution helps makes sense of the global maze of caselaw and copyright reform that extend from San Francisco to Sydney. The book provides a terrific guide to the world’s thorniest digital legal issues as Rimmer demonstrates how the consumer interest is frequently lost in the crossfire.’ – Professor Michael A. Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-Commerce Law, the University of Ottawa, Canada

This book documents and evaluates the growing consumer revolution against digital copyright law, and makes a unique theoretical contribution to the debate surrounding this issue.

With a focus on recent US copyright law, the book charts the consumer rebellion against the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act 1998 (US) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 (US). The author explores the significance of key judicial rulings and considers legal controversies over new technologies, such as the iPod, TiVo, Sony Playstation II, Google Book Search, and peer-to-peer networks. The book also highlights cultural developments, such as the emergence of digital sampling and mash-ups, the construction of the BBC Creative Archive, and the evolution of the Creative Commons.

Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution will be of prime interest to academics, law students and lawyers interested in the ramifications of copyright law, as well as policymakers given its focus upon recent legislative developments and reform proposals. The book will also appeal to librarians, information managers, creative artists, consumers, technology developers, and other users of copyright material.

Table of Contents


1. The dead poets society: copyright term and the public domain

2. Remote control: time-shifting and space-shifting

3. The privateers of the information age: copyright law and peer-to-peer networks

4. The grey album: copyright law, digital sampling, and mash-ups

5. Grand turismo in the high court: copyright law and technological protection measures

6. Agent smith and the matrix: copyright law and intermediary liability

7. Google: search or destroy?

8. Remix culture: the creative commons and its discontents

Conclusion. A consumer's manifesto: the declaration of innovation independence ...

From: Selected Works of Matthew Rimmer, The Berkeley Electronic Press, 2007

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