ERIC Number: ED381177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Copyright Issues for the Electronic Age. ERIC Digest.
Bruwelheide, Janis H.
This digest focuses on a variety of issues confronting copyright law in the digital age. The current copyright law was adopted in 1976, and could not possibly have foreseen so many new technologies. However, it did attempt to cover all bases by using language which was intended to be somewhat elastic. A current report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the "green report," has set forth some preliminary recommendations for dealing with digital information; the final report, the "white report," may result in proposed legislative changes to the copyright law. Areas in the report of special interest to educators and librarians include the discussion of the definition of multimedia, the right of "transmission," and library exemptions. Seven questions and answers concerning existing copyright law address copyright owner rights, fair use, "classroom exemption," lack of copyright and public domain, library scanning of reserve works into a database, and circulation of computer software. (Contains 11 references.) (MAS)
Descriptors: Copyrights, Facsimile Transmission, Fair Use (Copyrights), Federal Legislation, Intellectual Property, Laws, Library Services, Multimedia Materials, Reprography
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, 4-194 Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 (free while supplies last).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: Copyright Law 1976; Department of Commerce; ERIC Digests