Copyright and Digital Media in a Post-Napster World: 2005 Update
The objective of this White Paper, initially released in August 2003 and updated in January 2005, is to provide a foundation for evaluating key questions facing the different stakeholders in the contentious debate over the future of digital media. It explores issues surrounding the current digital media ecosystem, including:
- The legal and regulatory developments regarding copyright and related intellectual property issues.
- Business models upset or enabled by digital media distribution.
- Technological developments driving change across the value chain.
- Shifts in consumer attitudes and behavior.
Focusing on these topics, the Berkman Center’s Digital Media Team identifies five scenarios that flow from developments in law, technology and society. The five scenarios are outlined at the end of the White Paper. They have provided an analytical structure for a series of conferences and recently published papers as well as research in progress.