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1996

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Speaking Frankly About Copyright Infringement On Computer Bulletin Boards: Lessons To Be Learned From "Frank Music, Nctcom" And The White Paper, Joseph V. Myers, Iii Mar 1996

Speaking Frankly About Copyright Infringement On Computer Bulletin Boards: Lessons To Be Learned From "Frank Music, Nctcom" And The White Paper, Joseph V. Myers, Iii

Vanderbilt Law Review

Copyright law operates primarily as a strict liability, regime whenever infringing behavior constitutes a direct infringement of copyright. When behavior qualifies as an indirect infringement, gaps in copyright protection are filled by principles of contributory and vicarious liability. Although the application of these liability constructs has never been a simple matter, recent growth in the on- line industry has resulted in a dramatic confusion and divergence of views. In particular, the law is currently unclear in two important respects. First, opinions differ greatly as to whether computer bulletin board operators ("sysops") should incur liability for the infringing misdeeds of individual …