Fair copy: Protecting access to scientific information in post-war Britain

Sherman, Brad and Wiseman, Leanne (2010) Fair copy: Protecting access to scientific information in post-war Britain. The Modern Law Review, 73 2: 240-261. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00792.x

Author Sherman, Brad
Wiseman, Leanne
Title Fair copy: Protecting access to scientific information in post-war Britain
Journal name The Modern Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-7961
Publication date 2010-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00792.x
Open Access Status
Volume 73
Issue 2
Start page 240
End page 261
Total pages 22
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This paper extends recent discussions about copyright and the public domain by looking at attempts in post-war Britain to promote access to scientific information. More specifically, it concentrates on the Royal Society's Fair Copy Declaration (1950) and the related library copying provisions introduced in the Copyright Act 1956, which were designed to protect access to information. While the UK library copying provisions were presented as an expanded version of the Fair Copy Declaration recast in a statutory format, we show that the library copying provisions reflected a specific way of thinking about creation, production and distribution that differed markedly from those that underpinned the Fair Copy Declaration. We also argue that the logic of creation reflected in the library copying provisions shaped copyright law over the course of the twentieth century and beyond. ©2010 The Authors. Journal Compilation©2010 The Modern Law Review Limited.
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