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Copyright Law

Practice Area Collections

The three major legal databases each have a specific page dedicated to Copyright Law or Intellectual Property.  These Practice Area Collections pull together all of the secondary sources and primary law available in each database.  This can be a great starting point.

Copyright Law

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, fixed in a tangible medium of expression.  Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods or operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. 

Major Treatises


In Print


Use the following databases to find legal news and analysis, laws and regulations, scholarly articles, and practice tools related to copyright law.

To locate articles about copyright law in legal journals, check these legal periodical indexes:

CALI Lesson

This interactive CALI Lesson explains the basics of copyright research, including historical background, statutes, regulations, cases, secondary sources, international materials, and current awareness tools.. It can be accessed through your smartphone or tablet, as well as through your computer.

To access CALI, you must create an account using the law school's authorization code; just email or call the reference desk at or 860-570-5068 for the code.