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The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code ) governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation,
public performance, and public display of copyrighted material. Any person who makes an unauthorized copy or adaptation of
a copyrighted program, or redistributes a loan copy, or publicly performs or displays the program, except as permitted by
Title 17 Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act of the United States Code, may be liable for copyright infringement.
- Copyright Law and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the U.S. Code -
text or pdf files from the U.S. Copyright Office
- U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress
- Copyright Legislation Pending in
- MGM v. Grokster ruling
by the Supreme Court, 6/27/05.
- Exemption to
Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control
Technologies (71 Federal Register 68472, 11/27/06)
- during a three-year period the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures
that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in
noninfringing uses of six classes of copyrighted works.
- Senate Concurrent Resolution 87 and House Concurrent Resolution
380 that intellectual property rights must be protected
- Senate Resolution 438 that
institutions of higher education should adopt policies and programs to help deter and
eliminate illicit copyright infringement on their computer systems and networks,
- Public Domain
Enhancement Act introduced in the House 5/17/05, to allow
abandoned copyrighted works to enter the public domain after 50 years, H.R. 2408.
- Preservation and Restoration of
Orphan Works for Use in Scholarship and Education (PRO-USE) Act of
2005. Introduced in the House 1/4/05, to encourage preservation and restoration of copyright
works for research, scholarly, and educational purposes, H.R. 24.
- Digital Media
Consumer Rights Act introduced to amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide that the advertising or sale of a
mislabeled copy-protected music disc is an unfair method of competition, introduced in House 1/7/03, H.R.107.
Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (Now Public Law 105-304. Passed by Senate on 10/8/98, passed by House on 10/12/98. H.R. 2281).
Also see Study Required by Sec. 104 of the DMCA , 8/29/01.
Department of Justice Appropriation Authorization Act [incorporating S. 487, Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization
Act, and S. 320, Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act]. H.R. 2215, signed by President 11/2/02. Now Public Law 107-273.
Amends chapter 1 of title 17, USC, relating to the exemption of certain performances or displays for educational uses from copyright infringement
provisions, to provide that the making of copies or phonorecords of such performances or displays is not an infringement under certain
circumstances, and for other purposes. (The "TEACH Act" is Subtitle C--Educational Use Copyright Exemption--of Title III of H.R. 2215.)
Distance Education and the TEACH Act . Information from the American Library Association.
- Copyright Term Extension and Music Licensing , a.k.a. "Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act" (Became Public Law 105-298 on 10/27/98.
Passed by Senate 10/8/98, passed by House on 10/12/98. S.505). 1/15/03 Update: Supreme Court upheld Copyright Term Extension in Eldred v. Aschroft.
- Fair Use at the University - Information about Fair Use from Columbia University
- Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia - The final expression of the negotiations of the Educational Multimedia Fair Use Guidelines
Development Working Group
- Fair Use Harbor - The University of St. Francis' "Copyright Bay," a site that attempts to explore "fair use" in the not-for-profit educational
setting and present it in an informative and entertaining way.
- Copyright and Fair Use - Stanford University Libraries' site including concept and keyword search; information about primary materials; current
legislation, cases and issues; internet resources; and an overview of copyright law
- Copyright Management Center
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis site including a "Fair use Checklist" and a copyright
- Copyright Resources Online - links to copyright resources at various universities and non-university intellectual property resources.
- Fair Use of Copyrighted Works - electronic version from University of Texas System.
- Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure - the report of the working group on intellectual property rights
- FindLaw Internet Legal Resources
- Duration of Copyright Protection
- Intellectual Property Center
- University of Texas Crash Course in Copyright
- Educational Technologies at Missouri's Legal Issues, Intellectual Property Rights, Copyrights and Permissions document.
- University of Missouri Use of Copyrighted Materials in Teaching and
- University of Missouri Rules and Resources for On-line Intellectual Property
- University of Missouri Copyright Regulations
- University of Missouri Office of Technology & Special Projects and Patent Regulations
- Thomas Legislative Information on the Internet - Information about legislative activities (includes search capabilities by word/phrase or by bill number to narrow the focus)