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"This timely and useful book presents a legal and historical interpretation of copyright as a law of users' rights, rather than a private property right. . . . Although a work of sound legal scholarship, this 'explanation of the underlying constitutional premises of copyright' is fully accessible to laypersons. The authors make a convincing case that 'copyright exists principally for the benefit of the public' and should ensure the free flow of information. . . . Recommendation—This controversial but well-informed challenge to the usual perceptions of copyright is highly recommended to librarians and should be read by legislators, judges, and copyright lawyers.”--Journal of Academic Librarianship
"The Nature of Copyright is a lucid and dispassionate illumination of the mysteries of copyright—its original, its anomalies, its future. It is the ideal user's guide."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
"Patterson and Lindberg intelligently and articulately sound the alarm against acceptance of inflated claims for copyright protection that are based on misunderstandings and misreadings of copyright’s history and purpose.”--Howard B. Abrams, University of Detroit, Mercy School of Law
"Professor Patterson, with the skillful collaboration of the editor of The Georgia Review, here presents at book-length his vigorous and unconventional views, with no holds barred. He and Professor Lindberg draw on history, principles, and policy to show how copyright should first assist those—all of us—who use works of authorship, second those who create them, and third (a distant third)—those who market the galaxy of protected works."--Ralph S. Brown, Yale Law School
"Anyone who knows the field of copyright will welcome this splendid new work by Ray Patterson and Stanley Lindberg. At a moment in time when the field in becoming increasingly complex it is extremely valuable to return to first principles, and to recall, as Patterson and Lindberg invite us to do, that copyright is justified not only by what it promises eventually for the enrichment of the public domain, but also, meanwhile, by what it offers immediately to those who use the works the copyright system embraces."--David Lange, Duke University School of Law