Monday, August 29, 2005

News Analysis - Copy Right: LexisNexis, Copyright and the Search for Today's Most "Useful Arts"

The LexisNexis announcement of its sophisticated and powerful CopyGuard service is meant to send shivers down the spines of copyright violators. But its ability to compare works for suspicious similarities is more likely to protect publishers from plagiarism problems with its own staffs than to reap any revenues from content snatchers caught in the act. The problems of copyright law have far less to do with inadequate enforcement of outdated regulations than they do with technology that makes copying itself hard to avoid, much less control. Publishers need to focus more on copyright enforcement that enables users to get more value once they've received copies of content than on trying to control the copying process itself.

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