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Copyright Law

Copyright Law

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitutilon 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.   More

                                                            U.S. Copyright Office

Major Treatises

Nimmer on Copyright  Also on Lexis. Definitive work on copyright law.  Provides in-depth, comprehensive coverage of all aspects, from traditional copyright issues to copyright protection in the digital age.  Includes extensive analysis of specific media and interpretation of all provisions of the Copyright Act.  Forms, the text of relevant statutes, regulations, and treaties, and selected legislative history documents are also provided.

Goldstein on Copyright (3rd ed.)  Fundamental principles of copyright law, with in-depth analysis of its extension to digital technologies.  Forms, treaties and conventions, and selected legislative history documents included. 

Journals and Newsletters

To locate articles about copyright law in legal journals, check the legal periodical indexes which can be accessed from the library's web page: Legal Source which covers all major legal journals from 1918 to the present, Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981, and LegalTrac, which covers 1980 to the present.

Specialized journals and newsletters include:

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 the help desk or call the reference desk at 860-570-5068 for the code.