My law review article, Safe Harbor for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital Age, published recently by Willamette Law Review (50 Willamette L. Rev. 1 (2013)), has been judged one of the best law review articles related to entertainment, publishing and/or the arts published within the last year!
Accordingly, the editor of the 2014 edition of the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook selected Safe Harbor for inclusion in the annual Handbook anthology published by Thomson Reuters (West).
Willamette Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2013
Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-04
The primary goal of this Article is three-fold
(1) to explore the role of the innocent infringer archetype historically and in the digital age;
(2) to highlight the tension between customary and generally accepted online uses and copyright law that compromise efficient use of technology and progress of the digital technologies, the Internet, and society at large; and
(3) to offer a legislative fix in the form of safe harbor for direct innocent infringers.
Such an exemption seems not only more efficient but also more just in the online environment where unwitting infringement for the average copyright consumer is far easier than ever to commit, extremely difficult to police, and often causes little, if any, cognizable market harm.