Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet by Peter Decherney

By Peter Decherney

Copyright legislations is critical to each level of media construction and reception. It is helping be certain filmmakers' creative judgements, Hollywood's company constitution, and the sorts of media intake. the increase of electronic media and the web has in basic terms improved copyright's succeed in. every person from manufacturers and sceenwriters to novice video makers, dossier sharers, and web marketers has a stake within the historical past and way forward for piracy, reproduction defense, and the general public area.

Beginning with Thomas Edison's competitive copyright disputes and concluding with fresh court cases opposed to YouTube, Hollywood's Copyright Wars follows the fight of the movie, tv, and electronic media industries to steer and adapt to copyright legislations. lots of Hollywood's so much valued treasures, from Modern Times (1936) to Star Wars (1977), can't be absolutely understood with no appreciating their criminal controversies. Peter Decherney exhibits that the historical past of highbrow estate in Hollywood has now not regularly reflected the evolution of the legislation. Many landmark judgements have slightly replaced the industry's habit, whereas a few quieter guidelines have had progressive results. His such a lot awesome contributions discover Hollywood's reliance on self-regulation. instead of contain congress, judges, or juries in settling copyright disputes, studio heads and filmmakers have usually stored such arguments "in house," turning to expertise guilds and different teams for options. even if the difficulty has been struggling with piracy within the 1900s, controlling the specter of domestic video, or dealing with sleek beginner and noncommercial makes use of of secure content material, a lot of Hollywood's engagement with the legislations has happened offstage, within the better theater of copyright. Decherney's distinctive background recounts those extralegal strategies and their impression on American media and culture.

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It’s a densely packed, dramatic style with incredible attention to detail: not just cinematography but styling, production design, all of it. Some agencies brand him as a rock video guy, but that’s off the mark. “In fact,” he adds, “Fincher is one of the two guys who stand out as this industry’s top creative talents, along with Joe Pytka. They’re the most versatile directors in the business, and both can be an incredible pain in the ass to work with. But style-wise, they’re total opposites. Joe is more human, a little warmer, with more of an emotional quality that’s authentic without being sappy.

It’s just . . I don’t get any sleep any more. At a certain point, I just start waking up. I wake up at two, three, four, on the hour. Q: Thinking of things you could have done differently? john h. richardson / 1992 9 Fincher: Why didn’t I do this, why didn’t I do that, how do I fucking leave the country without you knowing. Q: I can’t imagine what it’s like, having spent a year of your life. . Fincher: Two years, my friend, two years. Initially, Weaver was skeptical. “All I heard about him was, he’s very attractive, and all the women he works with fall in love with him,” she says.

But we didn’t want Blade Runner. We had to make sure that he wasn’t going to take us to a cold and dark place. But then, out of nowhere, Fincher said to us, ‘Remember The Wizard of Oz? ’ My colleague and I looked at each other. ” Indeed it was. Ever since he first exploded on the commercials scene in the mid-eighties, Fincher has defied any kind of easy categorization. Those who have worked with Propaganda Films’ superstar director— who, by the way, doesn’t give interviews—say he is, by turns, cynical and idealistic, gregarious and enigmatic, technology-obsessed yet humanistic; an intimidating enfant terrible and a witty work-obsessed pro experienced far beyond his years.

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