ERIC Number: ED044155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
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The Legal Status of the Federal Copyright Law. Final Report.
Forsythe, Ralph A.; Nolte, M. Chester
The historical and legal background of the Federal Copyright Law with special implications for education was studied within five general areas of concern. The areas included: (1) historical development, (2) copyright revision issues, (3) principles of copyright law embodied in state and Federal statutes, (4) decisions of the courts pertaining to fair use of copyrighted materials, and (5) alternative solutions to the copyright revision impasse. The major findings were: (1) there have been three general revisions of the law, but the law is basically the 1909 Act, (2) state laws in conflict with federal legislation would be unconstitutional, (3) federal copyright statutes do not support the fair use doctrine, (4) the courts were not hospitable to two reported federal copyright cases involving educators, (5) the courts have held that fair use hinges on the circumstances of each case but there is a greater latitude for writers and others in scholarly pursuits, and (6) fourteen proposals, centering on achievement of a fair balance between the rights of authors and those of users of copyrighted materials, have been introduced to alleviate specific deadlocks in the revision attempts. (AB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver.