The Corruption of Copyright and Returning It to Its Original Purposes
Legal Reference Services Quarterly (forthcoming)
42 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 13, 2021
Since its inception, Copyright has had two purposes: the private interest of the author in being paid for her work and the public interest served by the dissemination of these works. Within the last two decades, though, some industries have systematically undermined both of those interests, redirecting the benefits of copyright towards themselves instead of the intended beneficiaries. This paper looks at the book, music, and entertainment industries, examines how copyright has been used to suppress the uses it was intended to foster, and explores ongoing and proposed avenues for course correction.
Keywords: copyright, libraries, licensing
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