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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rosen on Copyright and Vanishing Books

Rebecca J. Rosen at The Atlantic has a telling story on how copyright laws have caused books from the mid-20th Century forward to "vanish."  The story is "The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish."  Rosen concludes:

By this calculation, the effect of copyright appears extreme. Heald says that the WorldCat research showed, for example, that there were eight times as many books published in the 1980s as in the 1880s, but there are roughly as many titles available on Amazon for the two decades. A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.

Craig Estlinbaum

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Yikes. Perhaps a change in copyright laws is in order to more appropriately incentivize publishers...

Posted by: Chad | Aug 23, 2013 8:56:20 PM

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