The History of the Copyright Wars (Peter Baldwin)


Date: Nov 05, 2014

Speaker:
Peter Baldwin, Professor of History at UCLA and Global Distinguished Professor at NYU

Discussants:
Joe Karaganis, Vice President, The American Assembly
Joris van Hoboken, Microsoft Research Fellow, Information Law Institute, New York University

Today’s copyright wars can seem unprecedented. Sparked by the digital revolution that has made copyright—and its violation—a part of everyday life, fights over intellectual property have pitted creators, Hollywood, and governments against consumers, pirates, Silicon Valley, and open-access advocates. But while the digital generation can be forgiven for thinking the disputes are new, the copyright wars in fact stretch back three centuries—and their history is essential to understanding today’s battles. The Copyright Wars—the first major trans-Atlantic history of copyright from its origins to today—tells this important story. More information about the book can be found on the Princeton University Press website.

Peter Baldwin’s books include The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike and Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930, among others.

This talk is Part 3 of The 2014-15 Europe Seminar on the European public sphere.The Europe Seminar brings scholars from North America, Europe, and the world to Columbia for intense talks on European history, politics, economics, and society.

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Date: Nov 05, 2014

Speaker:
Peter Baldwin, Professor of History at UCLA and Global Distinguished Professor at NYU

Discussants:
Joe Karaganis, Vice President, The American Assembly
Joris van Hoboken, Microsoft Research Fellow, Information Law Institute, New York University

Today’s copyright wars can seem unprecedented. Sparked by the digital revolution that has made copyright—and its violation—a part of everyday life, fights over intellectual property have pitted creators, Hollywood, and governments against consumers, pirates, Silicon Valley, and open-access advocates. But while the digital generation can be forgiven for thinking the disputes are new, the copyright wars in fact stretch back three centuries—and their history is essential to understanding today’s battles. The Copyright Wars—the first major trans-Atlantic history of copyright from its origins to today—tells this important story. More information about the book can be found on the Princeton University Press website.

Peter Baldwin’s books include The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike and Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930, among others.

This talk is Part 3 of The 2014-15 Europe Seminar on the European public sphere.The Europe Seminar brings scholars from North America, Europe, and the world to Columbia for intense talks on European history, politics, economics, and society.

View more Europe Seminar events

Click here to view photos.

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