“A Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy”? A Paradox, a Potential Clash: Digital Pirates, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, The First Amendment & Fair Use

David V. Lampman, II, “A Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy”? A Paradox, a Potential Clash: Digital Pirates, The Digital Millenium Copyright Act, The First Amendment & Fair Use, 38 Gonz. L. Rev. 367 (2003).

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Since the dawn of man, technology has been shaping the way people live. It was technological developments in tools that allowed civilizations to evolve. Technology has influenced all aspects of human culture-from the development of crude stone scraping and cutting tools used by early humans, to the developments of farming technologies, to the printing press that spawned the expression of humanism during the Renaissance, to the creation of machines that drove the Industrial Revolution and changed the landscape of our planet. Indeed, technology has been a guiding force of our social structure, our belief system, and our laws. Today, technology’s influence on our lives is obvious. Technology has shifted the focus of our economy from manufacturing to service and information. The rapid growth of the Internet is a catalyst to this change and has created a global marketplace….Read More

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