, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 27-39

Copyright’s fair use doctrine and digital data

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Abstract

The digitization of works renders them not only easy to copy and distribute. It makes them easy to transform from one medium to another. Many of the same fair use questions posed by the copying or use of computer programs recur when other kinds of digital data are copied or manipulated. There are some situations in which digital copying would almost certainly be permitted as fair use, and some in which fair use defenses would be futile.

This article was adapted from a column that first appeared inACM Communications. Published by permission of the Association for Computing Machinery.