ERIC Number: ED149733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Copyright in Computer-Readable Works: Policy Impacts of Technological Change. Computer Science and Technology.
Saltman, Roy G.
The findings, recommendations, and conclusions of a policy-oriented, multi-disciplinary study of copyright in computer-readable works are reported. The foundations of copyright are examined for basic principles, and the theory of public goods is applied to develop the rationale for copyright protection. The judicial history of copyright in the twentieth century is reviewed with respect to advances in information technology. The impact of technological change on judicial decision-making in copyright is analyzed. The problem of transaction costs in the marketplace for copyrighted works is examined, and methods for the reduction of such costs are described. Models of policymaking are developed which clarify the roles of interest groups and the branches of Government. Recommendations on the conditions of copyrightability for computer-readable data bases and computer programs are presented and are based on findings of basic principles developed during the study and described in the report. (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Programs, Computer Science Education, Copyrights, Cost Effectiveness, Databases, History, Information Science, Legal Problems, Models, Policy Formation, Technological Advancement
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (C13.10:500-17, $4.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC. Inst. for Computer Sciences and Technology.