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Books on Copyright Law in the USD Law Library

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Copyright Law - Robert Lind
Call Number: LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION KF2995 .L56 2006
ISBN: 1594601941
Publication Date: 2006-01-01

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The Public Domain - James Boyle
Call Number: LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION K1401 .B689 2008
ISBN: 9780300137408
Publication Date: 2008-12-09

 

Constitutional, Statutory and Regulatory Authorities

The federal regulation of copyrights is authorized by the "Intellectual Property Clause" of the United States Constitution, Article I, section 8, clause 8: "The Congress shall have Power ... To promote the Progress of Science ... , by securing for limited Times to Authors ... the exclusive Right to their ... Writings ..."   Pursuant to this provision, Congress enacted federal laws governing copyright, now codified in Title 17 of the United States Code.

The United States Copyright Office, part of the Library of Congress, is the agency in charge of copyright registration in the United States.  The federal regulations applicable to copyright are located in Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

 

Administrative Decisions and Case Law

Stanford University Copyright and Fair Use Center Copyright Case Summaries from Justia (free)

BloombergLaw (log in required):  Resources include the United States Patent Quarterly (U.S.P.Q.) containing patent, trademark and copyright decisions, and Copyright Court decisions.

LexisAdvance (log in required): Source - Mealey's Litigation Report

WestlawNext (log in required): Intellectual Property > (left column) Cases

CALI Lessons

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There are 22 CALI lessons on the Copyright law, including:

  • A Copyright Primer
    by Scott J. Burnham
    Curley Professor of Commercial Law
    Gonzaga University School of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

  • A Primer on Copyright Infringement
    by Danielle Conway
    Professor of Law
    University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

  • Fundamentals of Fair Use
    by Mary LaFrance
    William S. Boyd Professor of Law
    University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

  • Copyright and Trademark Legal Research
    by Terrance K. Manion
    Electronic Services Librarian
    Georgia State University College of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

      
     

    Online Copyright Law Resources

    United States Copyright Office:


    "Copyright-friendly Sources" from the Copyright and Fair Use: Tightrope Walk or Tug-of-War? LibGuide prepared by Hamline University's Bush Library.

    Columbia University "Fair Use Checklist"

    Copyright Basics Video from Copyright Clearance Center

    Stanford University Copyright and Fair Use Center

    Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, Use this chart from Cornell University to determine when a copyright term ends or if a work is now in the public domain.

    Bloomberg Law (log in required): Practice Centers > Intellectual property Center > Practice Pages > Copyright Law. 

    HeinOnline (law school database): Search for law review and journal articles > Law Journal Library > use a "field search" (keywords) and the subject "Intellectual Property"

    LexisAdvance (log in required). Browse Topic > Copyright Law. Sources include Nimmer on Copyright.

    WestlawNext (log in required):

    • Intellectual Property > (left column) Secondary Sources, including Patry on Copyright
    • Intellectual Property > (right column) Copyright (search for copyrights)
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