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Nearly every day, a report appears in the media about a new development in the unfolding digital media crisis -- a court decision overturned, new subpoenas issued for illegal downloading, or an initiative by the music industry to curb piracy.  The confrontation involves a range of different stakeholders: entertainment-industry representatives fighting to retain control of copyrighted works, internet users fighting to protect file-sharing networks, ISPs struggling to avoid legal liability for illegally traded files, and privacy advocates seeking to safeguard the rights of internet users.

Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in 1998 in order to update copyright laws for the digital age, but as the current crisis in digital media indicates, the legislation has generated a great deal of confusion about copyright law, legal uses of technology, and doctrines like fair use and the first sale.

The Digital Media Project will study this conflict by monitoring the ongoing legal developments related to digital media and by analyzing a business model that has emerged under the existing copyright regime -- iTunes, Apple's online music store.