Re: Newsl article re:copyright

Subject: Re: Newsl article re:copyright
From: Tracy Boyington <tboyi -at- ODVTEWS1 -dot- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 1997 13:51:49 +0000

> Besides, I believe that most copyright laws tend to deal with
> comerical ventures or profit making activities. If an instructor
> wants to make 20 photocopies for a class, I think copyright
> hassels are an invasion of a basic right to desiminate information
> freely. However, it would be a different matter if an instructor
> made 20 unauthorized copies of a book .

What an interesting way of looking at the law. What is it OK to copy
20 times? An article? A chapter from a book? So size is what really
matters? If someone makes 20 copies of a poem or an article, it's OK,
but a book is a different matter?

> However, if I wrote a novel or a
> poem, I would be outraged by someone else "stealing" it.

But what if they only wanted to make 20 copies for a class? You just
said that was OK. Are you now saying that you would hassle them over

> I raised this issue in the first place because I think its a gray area that
> needs some discussion. How many of you would care if someone made a few copies or a few hundred
> copies of a manual that your company had paid you to write.

It doesn't matter whether you or I care or not. It's up to the copyright
owner -- and in many (or most) cases that's not the writer. And
educational "free use" policies are not as lenient as you think.


Tracy Boyington
tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

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