Mouse Trapped

Copyright law has moved from the quid pro quo model to the control model -- along the way, the public has been left behind

, The American Lawyer

I didn't give copyright law any serious study in law school, but that hasn't stopped me from flattering myself that I understand it. After all, I taught myself enough to write about it in my book about law in cyberspace. So you can imagine my surprise to learn from Jessica Litman, a law professor at Wayne State University, that just about everything I thought I knew about the underpinnings of copyright law is wrong -- that it owes less to the copyright clause than to the Walt Disney Company.

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