The Demise of Ownership: Digital Content in the Age of Licensing
Traditionally, sales of music, books, and movies involved the purchase of works embodied in material objects such as a CD, printed book, or DVD. Today, however, what are often called content "purchases" are in fact generally licenses that can leave consumers with significantly less control over content than in the past. This alters the dynamics of markets, which have long benefited from the circulation of used works. This event will address whether "ownership of content" is a vanishing concept, whether there should be a "digital first sale doctrine," what should be the rights of consumers of licensed content vs. the rights of copyright holders, and the policy implications of these and other questions.
EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry will join a panel discussion.