Copyright’s Highway

Copyright’s Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox

What is copyright, and how does it work?
How do the laws of the United States and other nations govern the use and copying of material – written, spoken, danced, played, sung, filmed, electronically transmitted, taped, or published? What is the difference between copyright, patent, and other kinds of intellectual-property law? The noted copyright expert Paul Goldstein illustrates how copyright affects all our cultural, economic, and political values.

“A clever and vibrant book that traces copyright history from the invention of the printing press through current challenges to copyright from new technologies … Most compelling [on] multimedia technologies.”

— Sabra Chartrand, The New York Times

“Goldstein displays both Solomonic wisdom and Houdini-esque agility in this lively excursion into the convoluted labyrinth of copyright law … This eminent authority writes with clarity, lucidity and a wry sense of humor about a subject whose complexities can be daunting. Above all he always reminds us of what is really at stake … Equally concerned with the artist’s ‘moral right’ to protect the integrity of the artwork and the dollars-and-cents impact of the law.”

— Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

“An almost ideal introduction to and overview of the subject … Not merely does it explain what copyright is and how it works, it also shows how copyright extends far beyond legal protection of writers’ rights to their work and how it will become a vital issue in the new world of the ‘celestial jukebox.’ Copyright is really about the shape of the world we live in. Is it a world of absolute individual rights that cannot be impinged upon by the common interest, or is it a world of communal domination to which the individual must submit? … A superb book.”

— Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“A wonderfully American tale of how law, literature, politics and megabucks intersect.”

— William Petrocelli, San Francisco Chronicle

“This elegant and accessible volume … in the scope and mastery of its subject, as well as in the clarity of its expression, helps to frame U.S. copyright law.”

— Jane Ginsburg, New York Law Journal