Preface to the Second Edition


In the five years since I began work on the first edition (entitled Copyright and Trademark for Media Professionals), much has happened to the world of copyrights and trademarks. I wanted to explore some of the tensions that led to reform as well as explain the changes that occurred and their impact on intellectual property rights in a second edition. Most notably, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the most comprehensive law reform in a generation, and extended the term of copyrights 20 years. On behalf of five national library associations, I was able to play a role in the passage of legislation that will shape the treatment of digital content by copyright law for years to come. The ...

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