Professor Paul Heald has published "Copy This Book! What Data Tells Us about Copyright and the Public Good" with Stanford University Press. A description of the book from the publisher website follows:
In "Copy This Book!," Paul J. Heald draws on a vast knowledge of copyright scholarship and a deep sense of irony to explain what's gone wrong with copyright in the twenty-first century. Distilling extensive empirical data to clearly show the implications of copyright laws and doctrine for public welfare, he illustrates his findings with lighthearted references to familiar (and obscure) works and their creators (and sometimes their creators' oddball relations). Among the questions he tackles: How does copyright deter composers from writing new songs? Why are so many famous photographs unprotected orphans, and how does Getty Images get away with licensing them? What can the use of music in movies tell us about the proper length of the copyright term? How do publishers get away with claiming rights in public domain works and extracting unmerited royalties from the public? Heald translates piles of data, complex laws, and mysterious economics, equipping readers with the tools for judging past and future copyright law.
In a review from Lawrence Lessig (Harvard University), he says, "This should be the most important book on copyright policy in America today. Wrapped in a beautifully compelling narrative, the book will quickly become a classic, and hopefully trigger a more classical view of the role of government-backed monopoly in the creation and spread of culture and knowledge."
More information about the book and where to purchase at sup.org.