|Title:||The Prospective New Copyright Law
|Author(s):||Goldman, Abe A.
|Subject(s):||Publishers and publishing --United States
|Abstract:||It is common for writers and speakers on copyright to begin by
quoting the clause in the Federal Constitution on which our copyright
law is founded. This has become a cliche because it has the merit of
compressing some profound concepts in a few words. Congress shall
have the power, the Constitution says, "To promote the Progress of
Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and
Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and
In paraphrase, to enable authors to devote their time and talent
to the creation of works of literature, music, and the arts, the copyright
law gives them property rights in their creations whereby they
can reap economic rewards for their contributions to learning and
culture. As Justice Reed put it in a leading decision of the Supreme
The economic philosophy behind the clause empowering
Congress to grant patents and copyrights is the conviction that
encouragement of individual effort by personal gain is the best
way to advance public welfare through the talents of authors and
inventors in "Science and useful Arts." Sacrificial days devoted
to such creative activities deserve rewards commensurate with
the service rendered.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In K.L. Henderson (ed). 1967. Trends in American publishing; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 5-8, 1967. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 39-48.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (14th : 1967)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1967.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16