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1994

Columbia Law School

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Surveying The Borders Of Copyright, Jane C. Ginsburg Jan 1994

Surveying The Borders Of Copyright, Jane C. Ginsburg

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The copyright course I teach at Columbia Law School begins with a survey of what copyright is not: it is not a patent, a trademark, or an object of physical property. Nor, as the course examines a little later on, does copyright protect every object of economic value whose worth might be further enhanced were it to be shielded from unauthorized copying. However, the frontiers between copyright and mere commercial value have never been well defined. Not only may the same item be simultaneously the object of copyright and of other legal rights, but copyright increasingly covers – or is …