Goldstein on Copyright, 3rd Edition

Intellectual Property and Copyright and Trademark

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Paul Goldstein


New York: Aspen, 2005


This book offers an overview of copyright law for lawyers, courts and policymakers.

Policy Relevance

Copyright law has been unsettled by technologies such as the Internet.

Main Points

  • Key issues in copyright law today include contracts and licensing, and how judges interpret contracts, assignments, and licenses.

  • The interpretation of copyright in a world of the Internet and digital technologies is difficult.
    • Sometimes, third parties are liable for copyright infringement, even when they do not make the actual copies: this law is somewhat unsettled.
    • Many new cases cover copyrights in computer software.
    • Section 43(a) of The Lanham Act fills some gaps in traditional copyright law by refining trademark principles.

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