The Illustrated Story of Copyright

Review by Library Journal
(Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Tech Coll., La Crosse)
Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information

        Copyright expert Samuels (law, New York Law Sch.) succeeds admirably in his goal of providing an easy-to-understand review of copyright for the general public. He divides the topic into two parts. The first part covers the forms of expression affected: books and literary works; music, movies, and television; and computers and the Internet. The second section limns the copyright basics: what is protected; what rights are granted; limitations, exceptions, and compromises; copyright principles; and international copyright relations. There are interesting sidebars on almost every page as well as over 240 illustrations, amplifying and complementing the text. Samuels is such a good writer that readers from high school level and up will understand the topic; simple and complex concepts are presented with equal clarity. His section on music discusses webcasting but does not specifically cover the recent Napster controversy. This first-rate, accessible introduction to a hot topic is very highly recommended for public and all levels of academic libraries.

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