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This informative and accessible introductory text, written for students of media and communication, provides a comprehensive overview of the complex legal landscape surrounding new media and intellectual property rights. The authors present theoretical backgrounds, legislative developments, and legal case histories in intellectual property law. Copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, personal torts (rights of publicity, defamation, privacy) are examined in U.S., international, and virtual contexts. Suitable as a primary text for courses focusing on intellectual property law in multimedia/new media, this book will also be useful for courses in media law. The information presented in the book is supplemented by freeforafee.com, a blog providing updates to students and instructors alike. A glossary of key terms is also provided.
Glossary Aﬃ rm: When an appellate court aﬃ rms the lower court’s ruling, it agrees with the ruling and upholds it. Amicus Curiae: A Latin phrase meaning “friend of the court.” It has come to signify non-parties who ask to have a voice in cases pending before appellate courts. Upon permission from the appellate court, the non-parties may ﬁ le amicus briefs to help frame the legal issues before the court. Th e general rule, however, is that only parties to the dispute may submit briefs and arguments to the court. Answer: After the plaintiﬀ ﬁ les and serves a complaint, the defendant is granted a limited amount of time to answer each of the allegations in the complaint. Anti-circumvention: Legal constraints against “going around” (or hacking) the access, usage, and copy restrictions embedded within digital media content. Appellant: Th e party who ﬁ les an appeal from the decision in the trial court. Appellee: Th e party who responds to an appeal from the decision in the trial court. Briefs: Th e legal memoranda prepared by the parties and submitted to the court. Briefs contain the factual basis and legal theories of the parties’ positions. Cache: Temporary storage area in a computer’s memory system where frequently accessed data can be kept for rapid access. Various cache locations contain copies of information, limiting the need to retrieve new originals. Causes of Action: Th e legal theories of recovery asserted by the plaintiﬀ . For example, trademark infringement is a cause of action. Lamoureaux.indd Sec1:...
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