‘Copyright as a Chill on Innovation’

Michael A Carrier, Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story, 2012 Wisconsin Law Review 891 (2012). Sony’s Betamax was the first reprography technology to attract a copyright infringement lawsuit. Little did copyright experts back then realize how much of a harbinger of the future the Betamax would turn out to be. Countless technologies since then designed, like the Betamax, to enable personal use copying of in-copyright works have come to market. Had the Supreme Court outlawed the Betamax, few of these technologies would have seen the light of day. The most significant pro-innovation decision was Supreme Court’s Sony Betamax decision …” (more)

[Pam Samuelson, JOTWELL, 28 February]

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