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ERIC Number: ED189630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Graphic Arts and the New Copyright Act.
Overbeck, Wayne
This paper briefly summarizes the Copyright Act recently passed by the United States Congress as it relates to graphic arts and points out that the law ignores the major problem facing that field: the lack of copyright protection for typography and typeface designs. It then explains the reasoning used for denying protection to typography and traces the development of United States copyright law on this point, concluding with discussion of a new federal appellate court decision confirming that typography is not subject to copyright. The paper next presents an alternative way that graphic arts designers may protect their works: the "unfair competition" concept growing from a 1918 Supreme Court decision. It concludes that while typography may indeed be protected in this fashion, it can be done so only on a state-by-state basis. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Copyright Act 1976
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980).