Today in Copyright History: 3/27

On March 27, 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., finding a white pages telephone directory to be uncopyrightable, and holding that the sole basis for copyright protection is creative originality.  Reposted from the History of Copyright Timeline at the U.S. Copyright Office.

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