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Copyright law protects works of creative expression. At its relatively uncontroversial core lie songs, plays, novels, paintings, and other works of aesthetic value. But copyright is not confined solely to aesthetic subject matter; in many countries, it extends to works of fact, such as biographies, maps, and telephone directories, and to works with practical value. For example, one of the most controversial issues in copyright law today is whether and how much copyright should protect computer programs.


The date for this draft is an approximation. The most recent citation in the draft was 1996 and it referenced a forthcoming article from Professor Gordon on marketplace failure, which may be "On the Economics of Copyright Restitution and 'Fair Use': Systemic Versus Case-by-Case Responses to Market Failure," which was published in 1997.



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