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Copyright aspects of computer usage


This paper is concerned with the question of what constitutes infringement of a copyright on a book or other nondramatic literary work when the work is fed into a computer and is indexed, analyzed, partially reprinted, or otherwise utilized by the computer to produce eye-readable output. The question of copyrightability of programs and infringement of copyrights on programs is also discussed. The paper is directed primarily to a discussion of the present law. Some aspects of the proposed new copyright law are also included. General recommendations are made with respect to the proposed revisions of the copyright law.

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