Professor John Villasenor Provides Congressional Testimony Regarding Digital Media Distribution
Over the last fifteen years, there have been fundamental shifts
in how consumers access media. Internet-based distribution is
now the norm, and content providers are increasingly shifting to
license-based models in which consumers are licensees as opposed
to owners of copies of digital books, songs, and movies. This
raises important questions regarding the role of copyright law
in the digital media ecosystem.
On June 2, the House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing to consider some of these questions. Professor John Villasenor was asked to be a witness at the hearing, and provided testimony on how potential changes to copyright law would impact the media distribution landscape. His testimony also addressed the growing role of contract law in governing the permitted and prohibited uses of the books, songs, and movies obtained over the Internet.