BULLETIN/JOURNAL OF THE COPYRIGHT SOCIETY

by F. JAY DOUGHERTY
We are honored to assemble this group of essays relating to Nimmer on Copyright (the “Treatise”) to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary. Astute readers will have noted that this is Volume 60 of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, and, hence, it is also the Journal’s sixtieth anniversary. I would like to celebrate both occasions by discussing the relationship between Mel Nimmer, the Journal (which was the Bulletin of the Copyright Society of the USA for its first twenty-eight volumes, becom- ing the Journal for Volume 29) and the Treatise. We have a complete set of the Bulletin/Journal in the Loyola Law School Law Library, so I con- ducted some casual research as to when Mel first appeared in the Bulletin, his involvement with the Society and the Bulletin, and the relationship be- tween the original Treatise and the Bulletin. By focusing on Mel Nimmer I don’t want to ignore the incredible work his son, David Nimmer, has done on the treatise. Indeed, David has been responsible for the treatise for longer than his esteemed father was! But for this brief essay, I want to focus on historical origins, so will primarily reference Nimmer pe` re’s con- nections with the Bulletin.