Library Trends 32 (2) Fall 1983: Current Problems in Copyright


Library Trends 32 (2) Fall 1983: Current Problems in Copyright. Edited by Walter C. Allen and Jerome K. Miller.

As most librarians surely know by now, the Congress of the United States finally passed a copyright measure in 1976. The act provided that it would take effect 1 January 1978. Section 108(i) also provided that the Register of Copyrights conduct a five-year review to monitor the effectiveness of that section, which, again as most librarians know, regulates library photocopying.

The Register has conducted his public hearings, and he has issued his mandated report, which, not surprisingly, has turned out to be highly controversial. It seemed to the editors to be a good time to put together an issue of Library Trends on some of these problems, in the hope that measured views of them might be useful to the library and broader communications communities in assessing the current state of affairs in at least a few areas of the copyright world. Deliberately excluded is any direct consideration of areas such as the sections of the act which regulate manufacturing, imports, etc., as being only of peripheral concern to librarians.

One of the difficulties in putting together an issue of Library Trends on a topic of great current interest and concern is that the fast flow of events often makes particular statements invalid in a very short time, even overnight. This issue is a reflection of tides and currents up to 1 August 1983 after which time the issue went into production. We hope that our readers will take this into account if they encounter any seemingly out-of-date statements.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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