Who Owns the News?: A History of Copyright

Who Owns the News?: A History of Copyright by Will Slauter 1503607712 9781503607712
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You cant copyright facts, but is news a category unto itself? Without legal protection for the ownership of news, what incentive does a news organization have to invest in producing quality journalism that serves the public good? This book explores the intertwined histories of journalism and copyright law in the United States and Great Britain, revealing how shifts in technology, government policy, and publishing strategy have shaped the media landscape.

Publishers have long sought to treat news as exclusive to protect their investments against copying or free riding. But over the centuries, arguments about the vital role of newspapers and the need for information to circulate have made it difficult to defend property rights in news. Beginning with the earliest printed news publications and ending with the Internet, Will Slauter traces these countervailing trends, offering a fresh perspective on debates about copyright and efforts to control the flow of news.

Author: Will Slauter

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 2019-01-29


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