Cover: Summary of Remarks Before the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works

Summary of Remarks Before the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works

Published 1976

by P. Weiner


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New developments such as word processing, office automation, storage technologies, communication networks, and output technologies will play an important role in works of authorship. Legislation that modifies copyright laws should take account of these new developments. In the future it will be necessary to develop new concepts of intellectual property law not limited to the traditional copyright framework. There should be a mechanism to generate a return to an author based on the use of the work (such as reading a single page). A rule that can answer the question of whether copyrightable interests have been created by a computer program: treat the task performed by the program as though done by a human. One then decides who retains copyright interests in work performed by the hypothetical employee.

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