Codifying Copyright Comprehensibly

Abstract

The UCLA Law Review has been proud to present Articles based on the annual tribute to Professor Melville B. Nimmer that takes place at the UCLA School of Law. The Review continues that tradition by publishing an Article by this year's presenter, Professor David Nimmer. In the form of a tribute to the author's father, the Article evaluates each provision of the Copyright Act of 1976 and each amendment to that legislation through the present. The author concludes that the crafting of that enactment started out strong and continued in a positive vein through 1992. Since that time, however, a marked decline in quality has afflicted the drafting of copyright amendments. To correct that downward slide, Professor David Nimmer proposes principles, culled from the wisdom of Professor Melville Nimmer, that will once again imbue copyright legislation with the proper balance to confront the advances of technology.

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