Problems with the Present Law
Impact of Technological Advances on Copyright
Copyright protection, an issue long in the shadows, has been moved into the spotlight by technological advances that make the unauthorized duplication of literary and artistic works readily available to millions. An attempt now being made in Congress to revise the nation's copyright law has divided the scholarly community, aligning authors and publishers against librarians, teachers and researchers. Each side argues that the kind of copyright law it wants will best serve the interests of scholarship and public enlightenment. Still other arguments being voiced on behalf of individuals and groups, ranging from musicians to computer programers, further compound the problem of enacting a copyright law satisfactory to all parties and protective of the public interest.