Copyright law can be broadly viewed as a system that seeks an appropriate balance between the rights of authors and publishers with the rights of users and consumers. The case of "Feist Publications Inc vs Rural Telephone Service Co" is discussed.
Howard B. Abrams,
Originality and Creativity in Copyright Law,
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