ERIC Number: ED376840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Copyright Compliance by Law Firm Libraries.
This paper investigates methods of copyright compliance by private law firm libraries. This is an important issue in light of recent lawsuits filed by publishers attempting to penalize those organizations that reproduce their materials without additional compensation. Two hundred and seventy-eight law firm libraries that are members of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) were surveyed to determine the extent to which copyright compliance is achieved and the methods that are being used to achieve compliance. Data from the 166 responses received (59% response rate) reveal that varying numbers of the respondents are utilizing the following methods to comply with the copyright laws: routing originals and tables of contents rather than full copies of newsletters, magazines, etc.; purchase of duplicate subscriptions; purchase of subscriptions for each library; posting copyright signs at all copy machines; contacting and paying royalties to copyright owners when necessary; and refusal to honor photocopying requests. (Only 13% are registered with the Copyright Clearance Center.) Another main emphasis of this study was to investigate how many law firms have written copyright policies and what these policies cover. The data revealed that, even though a majority of the firms do not have written policies, they are attempting to comply with the copyright laws. Copies of the survey questionnaire and the AALL Model Private Firm Copyright Guidelines (draft) are appended. (Contains 11 references.) (BBM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Kent State University.