Digital Copyright and the New Economics of Online Content


Kurt Wimmer


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Digital technologies have put incredible stress on the businesses that have been built around the distribution of music, news, films and television. The ability to make perfect digital copies has undermined legacy distribution models, and the stunning creativity fostered by consumer-grade software tools has made "fair use" an extremely complicated concept. These technologies have, moreover, undermined the economic base behind much professionally produced content, including news gathering that is central to our needs as a democracy. The talk will focus on these developments and their impact on the content and creative industries, and suggest that there is a way forward in which consumer and professional content can serve complementary goals and generate revenue to reward creators.

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Kurt Wimmer is chair of the Global Privacy and Data Security practice at Covington & Burling. He presented the 2011 Mervis Lecture at the William & Mary Law School on October 3, 2011.

The Stanley H. Mervis Lectureship in Intellectual Property was created in memory of Stanley Mervis in 2003 by his family and friends. Mervis, a member of the William & Mary Law School Class of 1950, was patent counsel for Polaroid Corporation for most of his career and was actively involved in important patent and intellectual property issues.

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