The Medium is the Message: Copyright Law Confronts the Information Age in New York Times v. Tasini

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Vol: 36, Issue: 3

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Radefeld, Mark B.
copyright; internet; digital communication; Copyright Act; Internet Law; Law; Supreme Court of the United States
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This Note analyzes the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in New York Times Co. v. Tasini and its implications for the future of copyright law and electronic publishing. Part II of this Note documents the background of copyright law, and details how the default provisions of §201(c) govern the publisher-author relationship. Part III of this Note introduces the parties and circumstances surrounding the Tasini case. Part III continues by outlining the District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court decisions in this landmark case. Part IV of this Note dissects the Supreme Court’s interpretation of §201(c)’s “revision” privilege and its application to electronic databases. Lastly, Part V of this Note discusses the consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision and the potential effect it will have on electronic publishing and society.