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Intellectual Property Law

Columbia Law School

1993

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Copyright Without Walls?: Speculations On Literary Property In The Library Of The Future, Jane C. Ginsburg Jan 1993

Copyright Without Walls?: Speculations On Literary Property In The Library Of The Future, Jane C. Ginsburg

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This essay considers the application and adaptation of copyright law to the library of the future. In this "library without walls," works will be accessible by computer to users near and far. While a printed book usually is read by only one person at a time, that same book in digital format may be simultaneously consulted by as many users as have PCs linked by modem to the library. Where collecting quotations from printed sources today requires transcription or photocopying, in the library of the future it may be possible to download and print out excerpts, or even the entire ...