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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Smith on Copyright Silencing @CathaySmith

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright Silencing at 106 Cornell Law Review Online 71 (2021). Here is the abstract.

This essay highlights a practice I call “copyright silencing,” which is the use of copyright to silence criticism and suppress and censor information instead of to protect copyright owners’ legitimate interests in their works. This essay identifies recent examples of copyright silencing, including by Carol Baskin (from Tiger King), Harvey Weinstein, and Dr. Drew, it examines the harm copyright silencing perpetrates, and it explains why it is increasingly difficult to stop copyright silencing.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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