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Constraint by Copyright


reviewed by John Howard Griffin 1963

coverTitle: Constraint by Copyright
Author(s): M.B. Schnapper
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Mr. Schnapper examines the use of copyright by high public officials to place public information under their private control. Such practices can deprive the public of access to materials which the public has financed and which properly belong to the people. The US Copyright Act clearly aims to prevent government agencies and officials from restricting information that rightfully belongs in the public domain. Section 8 states, "No copyright shall subsist in any publication of the United States Government or any reprint, in whole or in part thereof." The official Code of Ethics for Government Service emphasizes that the government employee must never "use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means of making private profit." The question of governmental copyright is complex, and not all copyright is an abuse, as the author is careful to point out. But corrosive precedents are being established by officials... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 3, 1963, p. 289-289
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2809, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 12:44:34 AM

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