At one time, only works visible to the naked eye were copyrightable, but that has long since changed. Now, works capable of perception only by use of VCRs or computers, for example, enjoy the same protection as books, paintings and sculpture. In 1994, William S. Strong reported that he had "heard Chicken Littles say that the sky is falling in on copyright owners" in the digital age and predicted to the contrary. He was right; publishers' problems may have changed in degree but not in kind. For important, if not critical, internet needs to be met, providers must recoup costs.

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Adapted from an article in the Fall/Winter 2000 issue of The Advocate: A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Franklin Pierce Law Center. This adaptation was also made available as Paper 41 in the Pierce Law Faculty Scholarship Series by NELLCO (nellco.org).