All related publications for William Fisher

The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age

This foundational white paper reports on a year-long study by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, examining the relationship between copyright law and education. In particular, we wanted to explore whether innovative educational uses of digital technology were hampered by the restrictions of copyright. We found that provisions of copyright law concerning the educational use of copyrighted material, as well as the business and institutional structures shaped by that law, are among the most important obstacles to realizing the potential of digital technology in education.

Authored by
  • William Fisher
  • John Palfrey
  • Urs Gasser
  • William McGeveran
  • Jackie Harlow

9 Aug 2006

Amicus Brief: MGM vs. Grokster (Supreme Court Case No. 04-480)

In Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), this Court held that the manufacture and distribution of technology that is sometimes used to engage in copyright infringement does not give rise to secondary liability so long as the technology in question is “capable of substantial noninfringing uses.”

Authored by
  • Jonathan Zittrain
  • William Fisher
  • John Palfrey

1 Mar 2005

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Promises to Keep

Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment

Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment by, William W. Fisher III

Authored by
  • William Fisher

12 Aug 2004