Following an overview of the historical context of copyright legislation, this paper discusses copyright within the scholarly communication process and the role of libraries in providing access to copyright materials in the digital age. The argument is made that the balance of “rights” and “exceptions” that has been maintained for 300 years needs to be reconsidered for scholarly communications, such as theses and dissertations, as well as for articles in electronic journals. This type of information is fact‐based, often resulting from public funds, and is part of the intellectual heritage of academic institutions, and so is very different to creative works within the entertainment industries.
Urs, S.R. (2004), "Copyright, academic research and libraries: balancing the rights of stakeholders in the digital age", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 201-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330410547250
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