ERIC Number: ED165747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Computer and Photocopying Copyright Issues from the Point of View of the General Public and the Ultimate Consumer.
Breslow, Marc; And Others
This report is a study of how consumer interests would be affected by changes in the copyright laws governing photocopy and computer-based information. It examines the natures of copyright protection and consumer interest and, after a discussion of the information market in general, weighs copyright/consumer interest in the areas of photocopying, software, computer data bases, and computer-created works. The following recommendations for policy are made: (1) that no royalty charge be allowed on photocopying other than for resale; (2) that both copyrights, with authority to charge royalties, and non-disclosure contracts be available to independent software firms, but (3) that neither be available to large hardware manufacturers; (4) that copyrights be available both on information incorporated in data bases and on material disseminated from them, including "computer created" works; and (5) that the Federal Government explore means of assisting small copyright holders in protecting their copyrights. Data tables, graphs, and a bibliography are included. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Interest Economics Center, Washington, DC.