Copy This Book!

Copy This Book!

What Data Tells Us about Copyright and the Public Good

Paul J. Heald


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In Copy This Book!, Paul J. Heald draws on a vast knowledge of copyright scholarship and a deep sense of irony to explain what's gone wrong with copyright in the twenty-first century. Distilling extensive empirical data to clearly show the implications of copyright laws and doctrine for public welfare, he illustrates his findings with lighthearted references to familiar (and obscure) works and their creators (and sometimes their creators' oddball relations). Among the questions he tackles: How does copyright deter composers from writing new songs? Why are so many famous photographs unprotected orphans, and how does Getty Images get away with licensing them? What can the use of music in movies tell us about the proper length of the copyright term? How do publishers get away with claiming rights in public domain works and extracting unmerited royalties from the public? Heald translates piles of data, complex laws, and mysterious economics, equipping readers with the tools for judging past and future copyright law.


Paul J. Heald:
Paul J. Heald is the Albert J. Harno & Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of the Law. He is the author of five previous books, including four novels, most recently Raggedyland (2020).