By Marty Stolz
The current issue of the Utah Law Review, “Symposium: Fixing Copyright,” produced under the direction of College of Law Professor John Tehranian, brings together preeminent scholars to discuss growing national problems with copyright law.
With the advent of digital recording technologies and the Internet, copyright infringement has become a daily fact of life for millions of Americans, despite the entertainment industry’s anti-piracy campaigns and high-profile legal tactics of seeking huge damage awards against infringers, such as teenagers who share music files.
These types of conflicts highlight the “Law/Norm Gap” between the statutory provisions of Copyright Act of 1976 and the ordinary conduct of otherwise law-abiding Americans, Tehranian said.
In his introductory essay, “Infringement Nation,” Tehranian explains this law-norm gap notion by describing a typical day in the life of a hypothetical professor, coincidentally named John.