Date of this Version
Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 5, Number 2, May 1983. ISSN 0196-7134
Ever since the 1976 copyright act went into effect, the Copyright Office has been interpreting the paragraphs that apply to library and archival reproduction of copyright protected works in a way that could impair the ability of documentary editing projects to collect previously unpublished sources. In a report transmitted to Congress on 5 January this year, the Copyright Office has recommended that its interpretation be enacted into law. A brief explanation of the copyright law as it applies to unpublished written works will put the Register's report in context and illucidate the danger it poses.