The Law: Cop-Out on Copying

As a small publisher of medical journals and books, the Williams & Wilkins Co. of Baltimore felt that it was being done in by the Xerox machine. The expanding practice of photocopying had led to the duplication of more and more articles and excerpts from more and more publications. Williams & Wilkins concluded that its copyrights were being infringed and went to court. The company sued the biggest offender, the U.S. Government, whose National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine had duplicated a total of 2.2 million pages from all sources in 1970 alone. It was the first...

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