Official Solution: A new law regarding written work gives the ownership of a magazine article's copyright - the exclusive right to reproduce and sell a creative or intellectual work - to the journalist who wrote the article rather than to the magazine company for which that journalist works. In addition to licensing the rights he receives to the magazine company for which he works, a journalist plans to take advantage of this new law by also licensing the rights to his articles to textbook companies, allowing these companies to reproduce and sell his articles, in order to maximize his profits.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most doubt on the likelihood that the journalist's plan will succeed?

A. Textbook companies will likely try to hire journalists who currently work for magazine companies.

B. For copyright purposes, magazine articles are considered to be intellectual work but are not considered to be creative work.

C. The new law is not expected to undermine the ability of magazine or textbook companies to make a profit.

D. Both textbook and magazine publishing companies often employ only writers who sign contracts stating they will not publish articles through any other outlet.

E. While the law gives journalists the rights to distribute copies of their works, the law also limits the number of times a source can publish the same article.

The passage describes a new law that gives journalists the copyrights to articles that they have written. A journalist concludes that he can profit from this law by selling his articles to textbook companies.

We're looking for something that

weakens the likelihood that the journalist's plan will succeed. The answer should suggest that the journalist probably won't be able to profit.

Choice D suggests that, because the journalist plans to sell his stories to more than one outlet, neither outlet will employ him. This decreases the likelihood that his plan to maximize profits will succeed. Choice

D is correct.

Choice A is irrelevant; if the journalist owns the copyright to his article, it does not matter who he works for.

Choice B states that articles are legally defined as intellectual and not creative. The passage tells us that both creative product and intellectual product are covered by copyright, so this distinction is not relevant to the passage.

Choice C notes that the law will not make the publishing companies unprofitable; this choice, too, does not relate to the journalist's ability to make a profit by selling his articles.

Choice E is irrelevant; the number of times that the source to which the journalist sells his articles can publish the article does not affect the sale of the copyright of article to the source.

Answer: D

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