Early American law originally depended heavily on British common law and was structured to emulate the practices employed by British law-makers. As America obtained independence from England, this legal influence evolved gradually into a uniquely American legal culture. Copyright law is a useful tool for exploring how this evolution proceeded from its' English roots into its' American iterations. Through a careful study of developments in copyright in England and America in eighteenth and early nineteenth century, this paper contends to examine how a legal system implemented abroad might become culturally distinct.
Jeffrey Toobin, one of the country's most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law, and author of "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court," delves into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices to reveal the inside story of one of America's most mysterious and powerful institutions. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded August 23, 2008.