Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1984

Center/Program

Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts

Abstract

In 1983 and 1984 the federal courts continued to interpret the changes in copyright law effectuated by the 1976 Copyright Act.1 During this period the United States Supreme Court decided its first copyright case since adoption of the 1976 Act.2 In general, the year's decisions tend to accord expanded copyright protection to authors. Several decisions, however, have provoked or exacerbated uncertainties in a number of areas, including the protection accorded nonfiction works, 3 the "fair use" excuse to copyright infringement, 4 and compliance with the U.S. copyright formality of affixing notice to published copies of a work.5

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