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ERIC Number: ED255189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
History of Copyright of Selected Non-Print Material.
Kazlauskas, Diane W.
The history of copyright legislation is traced from 1476 to 1984, with particular emphasis on the copyright of such nonprint material as computer software and programs, sound recordings, and videorecordings. A review of the history covers the Statute of Anne (1710) and English common law through the various Copyright Acts of the United States government. A discussion of computer software and programs examines the issue of whether copyright law is more applicable to computer programs than protection by patent law or protection through the trade secret law. The concept of fair use--an exception to the rule that copyright enjoins one person from making copies of the works of another--is also explained. Several cases are cited to demonstrate the continuity of purpose of copyright law, including Data Cash Systems, Inc., versus J.S. & A. Group, Inc. (1980), involving the computer game Compuchess; White-Smith Music Company vs. Apollo Corporation (1908); The Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation versus Crooks (1982); and Universal City Studios, Inc., versus SONY Corporation of America (1984). Twenty-five references are cited in the footnotes. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A