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Introduction to the online version

Chapter 1 – The Commission and Its Recommendations

Chapter 2 – The Establishment, Mandate, and Activities of the Commission

Chapter 3 – Computers and Copyright

- Background

- Computer Programs

   - Recommendations for Statutory Change

   - Recommendation for Regulations

   - Case for Copyright Protection for Programs

   - Copyright and Other Methods Compared

   - Scope of Copyright in Programs

   - Economic Effects of Program Copyright

   - Cultural Effects of Program Copyright

   - Concurring Opinion of Commissioner Nimmer

   - Dissent of Commissioner Hersey

   - Dissent of Commissioner Karpatkin

- Computer Data Bases

- New Works

Chapter 4 – Machine Reproduction – Photocopying

Chapter 5 – Summary

Appendix A – Summary of the Legislative History of Computer-Related Issues and the Photocopy Issue

Appendix B – Public Law 93-573 and Public Law 95-146

Appendix C – Commissioners

Appendix D – Staff

Appendix E – Lists of Witnesses

Appendix F – Alphabetical Listing of Persons Appearing before the Commission

Appendix G – Transcripts of Commission Meetings

Appendix H – Summaries of Commission-Sponsored Studies

Appendix I – Bibliography

Appendix J – Selected Provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976 and Copyright Office Regulations

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Final Report of the National Commission on New Technology Uses of Copyrighted Works

Chapter 3 – Computers and Copyright

Dissent of Commissioner Karpatkin

Throughout the Commission’s deliberations on computer software, Commissioner Hersey has advocated the point of view expressed in his dissent. While a majority of the Commission has not been persuaded, Commissioner Nimmer shares a number of Mr. Hersey’s doubts and concerns, and the late Commissioner Dix, who passed away before the Commission’s final report, indicated that he shared them as well.

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The Commission has respectfully considered and discussed Commissioner Hersey’s views. In the course of the many discussions, I have been persuaded that Commissioner Hersey has raised important issues and that they merit serious consideration. Whether that consideration tilts in the direction of a dissent or concurrence is less important than the fad that the issues raised are serious.

Without agreeing with the entire text of Commissioner Hersey’s dissent I share his doubts and concerns sufficiently to lead me to add my dissent to his.

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