Law: Copywrongs

Chasing campus royalties

Across the street from the entrances of most U.S. college campuses are clusters of small photocopying operations that taken collectively just might make up the largest university publisher in the nation. They reproduce large swatches of fiction and nonfiction, ad hoc anthologies of articles and book excerpts, academic texts and scientific papers, often with faculty approval and frequently at their behest. But in seeming violation of the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act, no royalties are usually paid to the authors or publishers of the original works. In an effort to get the academic community to stop copying off their...

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