William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal


The decision in Random House v. RosettaBooks has the potential to transform the publishing industry and the licensing agreements so commonly relied upon. Courts have attempted to reconcile application of the new use doctrine for decades, and yet with every conceived new use there is another interpretation of the rules of the copyright game. In this Note, the author examines the Random House decision in light of the New Use Doctrine and proposes contract-based solutions to new use issues that may avoid the uncertainty of the doctrine as it currently stands.