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The author wishes to amend a sentence on page 69 of this article, as follows:


In United States' law, the concept of “fair use,” when considering the amount and substantiality of change from prior works would be analogous.


Thus, the batik makers' repertoire of designs is largely in what we call the commons or public domain with small personalized features added.

The analogy used in the original sentence is inaccurate. In U.S. case law, fair use claims are an exception to copyright coverage that requires a transformative purpose, such as satire, criticism, journalism, scholarship, or some other disjunctive metamorphosis of art. In the case of the batik producers described, no copyright-like claims are advanced and no transformative purposes are invoked as exceptions.

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