- May 24, 2006 @ 4:01pmAnon says:I understand that copyright law prohibits the "public display" of a work. I am wondering whether this would prevent a church from having a "resource room" of books for anyone to check out.
- May 25, 2006 @ 6:16amwilliamsonl says:The public display section (included below) refers to things that are 'shown'--not really paper items. Lending books would fall under the first sale doctrine--the church can maintain a collection of books and loan them to parish members or have them available for research--they just can't make copies and distribute them. The copy of an item that you buy is yours to loan, sell or give away.
(5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and
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