Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Supreme Court Takes Up Scholars' Rights; Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/29/11

Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education; Supreme Court Takes Up Scholars' Rights:

"The conductor's fight centers on the concept of the public domain, which scholars depend on for teaching and research. When a work enters the public domain, anyone can quote from it, copy it, share it, or republish it without seeking permission or paying royalties.

The dispute that led to Golan v. Holder dates to 1994, when Congress passed a law that moved vast amounts of material from the public domain back behind the firewall of copyright protection. For conductors like Mr. Golan, that step limited access to canonical 20th-century Russian pieces that had been freely played for years."

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