Ch 33 Intellectual Property
The World Agreement of London.
29. Jack goes to Fast Copy Center and pays to have 40 copies of a textbook made. Jack then sells the photocopied
versions of the book to fellow students for $60 a copy (as opposed to the $95 textbook price). The textbook author learns
of this and sues Jack and the copy center. Which statement is correct?
Jack and the copy center are both liable to the author.
Jack is liable to the author but the copy center is not.
The copy center is liable to the author but Jack is not.
Neither the copy center nor Jack is liable to the author.
30. A college professor copies seven chapters from a book called "How to Get Better Grades—A Creative Approach to
College Success!" There are ten chapters in the book. She incorporates this material into a packet of material that is
printed in her college's copy center. The packet is then placed in the local book store and is placed on the required
materials list for students to purchase. The author of the book on getting better grades believes the professor has violated
The author is right. The professor should not have copied the chapters and placed them for sale in the
The author is technically correct. However, even though an infringement occurred, he cannot sue the professor
since educational personnel are exempt from liability under copyright law.
The author is not correct. Under the "fair use doctrine" a college professor can copy material and distribute it
to students for educational purposes.
The author is not correct. It does not appear that the professor actually made any money from the alleged
31. Monic, a college professor, makes 30 photocopies of a magazine article and passes the article out to her students. The
students are assigned to read the article and write an opinion paper about it. Has Monic violated copyright law?
Yes. Though the author will probably not enforce his or her rights under this situation, Monic has technically
violated federal copyright law.
Yes. Though educators have a right under the "fair use doctrine" to make limited use of copyrighted materials,
Monic violated the law when she made photocopies of an entire article and distributed them to her students.
No. Monic has acted within the fair use doctrine.
No, as up to 50 photocopies of articles are always permissible.
32. Ernest invents a novel, useful, nonobvious product. He:
must apply for a patent within one year of selling the product commercially.
is entitled to a patent over someone else who invents the same product if he is the first to get a company to
produce it commercially.
may receive patent protection for two years by filing a simpler, shorter, cheaper provisional patent application
while he is working on his complex, regular patent application.
may sell his product for up to five years to see how well it sells before going through the complex process of
filing a patent application with the PTO Office.