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Music Copyright Law by Cheryl L. Slay, David J. Moser

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Chapter 2. The History of Copyright

 

The progress of copyright law does not take place by revolutions, but by successive stages. It resembles the growth of a city in which, as time goes on, some parts are torn down and others are devoted to new uses, while the plan remains the same and the great historic structures are preserved.’[1]

 
 --Richard C. DeWolf

Although the main intention of this book is to discuss copyright law’s current and future applications, before examining copyright law in the twenty-first century, it is first necessary to examine the evolution of copyright to the present. Many of the issues currently being raised about copyright law’s application in the era of digital technology have been raised in the past in other contexts. ...

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