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Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law: 2 of 4 (Copyright)

The following is a first cut at a list of Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Copyright.

For background and explanation of the Lost Classics series, read this earlier post.

(Ordered alpha by author)

Horace G. Ball, The Law of Copyright and Literary Property (1944)

Augustine Birrell, Seven Lectures on the Law and History of Copyright in Books (1899)

Stephen Breyer, The Uneasy Case for Copyright: A Study of Copyright in Books, Photocopies, and Computer Programs, 84 Harv. L. Rev. 281 (1970)

Ralph S. Brown, Eligibility for Copyright Protection: A Search for Principled Standards, 70 Minn. L. Rev. 579 (1985)

Ralph S. Brown, The Widening Gyre: Are Derivative Works Getting Out of Hand?, 3 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 1 (1984)

Ralph S. Brown, The Joys of Copyright, 30 J. Copyright Soc’y 477 (1983)

Bruce W. Bugbee, The Genesis of American Patent and Copyright Law (1967)

Zechariah Chafee, Jr., Equitable Servitudes on Chattels, 41 Harv. L. Rev. 945 (1928)

Zechariah Chafee, Jr., The Music Goes Round and Round: Equitable Servitudes and Chattels, 69 Harv. L. Rev. 1250 (1956)

George Ticknor Curtis, A Treatise on the Law of Copyright (1847)

Robert C. Denicola, Copyright and Free Speech: Constitutional Limitations on the Protection of Expression , 67 Cal. L. Rev. 283 (1979)

Robert Denicola, Applied Art and Industrial Design: A Suggested Approach to Copyright in Useful Articles, 67 Minn. L. Rev. 707 (1983)

Eaton S. Drone, A Treatise on the Law of Property in Intellectual Productions in Great Britain and the United States (1879)

Paul Goldstein, Copyright and the First Amendment, 70 Colum. L. Rev. 983 (1970)

Paul Goldstein, Derivative Rights and Derivative Works in Copyright, 30 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. (1983)

Wendy J. Gordon, Fair Use as Market Failure: A Structural and Economic Analysis of the Betamax Case and its Predecessors, 82 Colum. L. Rev. 1600 (1982)

Robert A. Gorman, Copyright Protection for the Collection and Representation of Facts, 76 Harv. L. Rev. 1569 (1963)

Robert A. Gorman, An Overview of the Copyright Act of 1976, 126 U. Pa. L. Rev. 856 (1978)

William B. Hale, A Treatise on the Law of Copyright and Literary Property (1917) (published as Volume 13 of William Mack & William B. Hale, Corpus Juris)

Robert M. Hurt & Robert M. Schuchman, The Economic Rationale of Copyright, 56 Am. Econ. Rev., May, 1966, at 421 (1965 Papers and Proceedings of the Amer. Econ. Ass’n)

Benjamin Kaplan, An Unhurried View of Copyright (1967)

David Lange, Recognizing the Public Domain, 44 Law & Contemp. Probs. 147 (1981)

Melville B. Nimmer, Two Copyright Crises, Foreword to Project – New Technology and The Law of Copyright, Reprography and Computers, 15 UCLA L. Rev. 931 (1968)

Melville B. Nimmer, Photocopying and Record Piracy: Of Dred Scott and Alice in Wonderland, 22 UCLA L. Rev. 1052 (1975)

Melville B. Nimmer, Copyright vs. The First Amendment, 17 Bull. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 255 (1970)

Melville B. Nimmer, Does Copyright Abridge the First Amendment Guarantees of Free Speech and Press?, 17 UCLA L. Rev. 1180 (1970)

L. Ray Patterson, Copyright in Historical Perspective (1968)

Harvey S. Perlman & Laurens S. Rhinelander, Williams & Wilkins Co. v. United States: Photocopying, Copyright, and the Judicial Process, 1975 Sup. Ct. Rev. 355

Nat’l Comm’n on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works, Final Report (1979) (the CONTU Final Report) (do not miss the dissent of John Hersey)

Arnold Plant, The Economic Aspects of Copyright in Books, 1 Economica 167 (new series 1934)

J. H. Reichman, Design Protection in Domestic and Foreign Copyright Law: From The Berne Revision of 1948 to the Copyright Act of 1976, 1983 Duke L.J. 1143

Martin A. Roeder, The Doctrine of Moral Rights, 53 Harv. L. Rev. 554 (1940)

Pamela Samuelson, CONTU Revisited: The Case Against Copyright Protection for Computer Programs in Machine-Readable Form, 1984 Duke L.J. 663

Studies Prepared for the Subcomm. on Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights of the Senate Comm. on the Judiciary, Fair Use of Copyrighted Works 15, 86th Cong., 2d Sess., (Study No. 14) (Comm. Print 1960) [the Latman study]

Arthur W. Weil, American Copyright Law (1917)

Martha Woodmansee, The Genius and the Copyright: Economic and Legal Conditions of the Emergence of the “Author,” 17 Eighteenth-Century Stud. 425 (1984)

Leon Yankwich, What is Fair Use?, 22 U. Chicago L. Rev. 203 (1954)

The posts in this series:

Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Background and Introduction
Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Copyright
Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Trademark
Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Patent

6 thoughts on “Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law: 2 of 4 (Copyright)”

  1. I was really expecting at least an introduction too each work, or at least a summary of philosophy; or is this some strange, didactic loop of fair use?

  2. Sorry to disappoint. The lists are addressed to IP scholars, primarily law professors, who have the tools to look these up and read and assess them (and read and assess criticism of them). Perhaps someone else can put together an annotated bibliography for the interested nonspecialist.

  3. I was looking forward to this. I haven’t even heard of the Nimmer 1968 and 1975 articles — I’ll have to check those out. The early battles over photocopying are full of interesting what-ifs. I highly recommend Paul Goldstein’s very entertaining recounting of the Williams & Wilkins litigation in Chapter 3 of Copyright’s Highway for anyone interested.

  4. Thanks, Mike, this is a very cool idea. To the copyright list, off the top of my head I’d add John F. Whicher, The Creative Arts & the Judicial Process (1965), a collection of five essays, or perhaps separately “The Ghost of Donaldson v. Beckett,” one of those essays, originally published in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

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