ERIC Number: ED070274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Legal Restraints on Dissemination of Instructional Materials by Educational Communications Systems.
Bernstein, Neil N.
The legal restraints on the use of electronic communications systems for dissemination of instructional materials in the United States are discussed. First an examination is made of the laws relating to public school elementary and secondary education, with primary emphasis on selection of courses of study and instructional materials. A discussion of copyright laws examines both the law now in effect and the revision to it currently pending before Congress. It is concluded that the laws will present serious difficulties to those who design educational communications systems. If they wish to disseminate materials copyrighted by others, they must first obtain the prior consent of the copyright holder (invariably the publisher) on whatever terms and conditions the holder imposes. The revisions before Congress by and large expand the right of the holder. Further study should examine other alternatives to the present and proposed laws. Some that have been proposed include compulsory licensing requirements, creation of a centralized educational licensing authority, and the like. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Program on Application of Communication Satellites to Educational Development.
Note: Memorandum Number 72/5