This chapter examines copyright issues from copying and distributing information from the internet. It considers the debate about file-sharing and free-riding, between the copyright ...
This chapter examines copyright issues from copying and distributing information from the internet. It considers the debate about file-sharing and free-riding, between the copyright industries and their own consumers, and between profiting from content and making it free. The discussion focuses on how the internet has challenged the application and development of copyright law, considering web-copyright concerns such as linking, caching, and aggregating, citing Google Inc. v Copiepresse SCRL
. It then analyses peer-to-peer networks and some early cases regarding file-sharing technologies, including A&M Records, Inc. v Napster, Inc., MGM Studios, Inc. v Grokster, Ltd
, and Sweden v Neij
et al. (the Pirate Bay case). It assesses new techniques for fighting illegal file-sharing, such as blocking access to websites offering file-sharing technology or indexes; the introduction of ‘three strikes’ legislation; and speculative invoicing. Finally, it describes the Creative Commons for combatting unauthorized and illegal copying and distribution of digital information. ...Less