History does not repeat itself, but it sometimes needs to be repeated. What I shall attempt in this paper is to explain what publishers think about the question of copying and copyright, how they have come to hold the views they do hold, and what action they are trying to take or to instigate. An historical approach seems to be the obvious and natural way of doing this—to go back a few years and retrace the path that has brought us to the present. It accords, too, with such qualifications as I possess for talking to you today. I am in no sense an expert on copyright; but I have been deeply involved until a few weeks ago (and even that time is sufficient, in this area, for one to become seriously out of date) in the discussions and negotiations about copying and copyright that publishers have been involved in ever since the time when Whitford was taking evidence and producing his Report.
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