Fair Copy: Protecting Access to Scientific Information in Post-War Britain

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Title Fair Copy: Protecting Access to Scientific Information in Post-War Britain
Author Sherman, Brad; Wiseman, Leanne
Journal Name The Modern Law Review
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract This paper extends recent discussions about copyright and the public domain by looking at attempts in post-war Britain to promote access to scientific information. More specifically, it concentrates on the Royal Society's Fair Copy Declaration (1950) and the related library copying provisions introduced in the Copyright Act 1956, which were designed to protect access to information. While the UK library copying provisions were presented as an expanded version of the Fair Copy Declaration recast in a statutory format, we show that the library copying provisions reflected a specific way of thinking about creation, production and distribution that differed markedly from those that underpinned the Fair Copy Declaration. We also argue that the logic of creation reflected in the library copying provisions shaped copyright law over the course of the twentieth century and beyond.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00792.x
Volume 73
Issue Number 2
Page from 240
Page to 261
ISSN 0026-7961
Date Accessioned 2010-11-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Socio-Legal Research Centre
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Intellectual Property Law
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36046
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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