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Print Shop Violates Copyright Law

Be sure to understand the "fair use" law before copying materials.

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• A federal court in New York ruled that a company violated the copyright law by duplicating excerpts from several copyrighted books and compiling them into packets that it sold to college students. Kinko's is a company specializing in copying. Many of its franchises are located in communities containing one or more colleges or universities. Kinko's representatives contact college professors and offer to duplicate and compile reading materials the professors plan to use in their courses. Kinko's then copies the excerpts, some quite large, and sells them in bound form to the students. In this case, several book publishers claimed that Kinko's made copies of excerpts (ranging from 14 to 110 pages each) from 12 copyrighted books, and complied them into 5 separate packets that it sold to college students. It neither sought nor obtained permission from the copyright owners to make the copies. ...

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  • November 1, 1991

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