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Copyright Law of the United States

Copyright Law of the United States
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Copyright Law: Chapter 1 and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code Circular 92 § 101 . Except as otherwise provided in this title, as used in this title, the following terms and their variant forms mean the following: An “anonymous work” is a work on the copies or phonorecords of which no natural person is identified as author. An “architectural work” is the design of a building as embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings. “Audiovisual works” are works that consist of a series of related images which are intrinsically intended to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with accompanying sounds, if any, regardless of the nature of the material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the works are embodied. A person’s “children” are that person’s immediate offspring, whether legitimate or not, and any children legally adopted by that person. (3) the Berne Convention;

The Surprising History of Copyright and The Promise of a Post-Copyright World (Translations: 中文, Italiano, Polski, latviešu valoda. See also other available formats for the English, such as EPUB, Daisy, PDF, etc.) There is one group of people not shocked by the record industry's policy of suing randomly chosen file sharers: historians of copyright. None of this will happen, however, if the industry has its way. The reward for these efforts can be seen in the public's reaction to the file-sharing lawsuits. To read the true history of copyright is to understand just how completely this reaction plays into the industry's hands. Yet a close look at history shows that copyright has never been a major factor in allowing creativity to flourish. The arrival of the Internet, with its instantaneous, costless sharing, has made that business model obsolete — not just obsolete, but an obstacle to the very benefits copyright was alleged to bring society in the first place. But to treat this small group as representative would be to confuse marketing with reality.

Fair Use Evaluator What this tool can do for you: What this tool cannot do for you: A Short Guide To Open-Source And Similar Licenses Advertisement Many developers and designers want to release their work into the world as open-source projects. They want others to be able to build on and share their code. But many developers and designers don’t have a clear picture of what the different open-source licenses really mean. What Is Licensing? A lot of confusion is out there about what exactly licensing means. Licensing is a great alternative to just releasing your work into the public domain or granting permissions on a case-by-case basis. Open-source licenses2 make it easy for others to contribute to a project without having to seek special permission. GNU General Public License The GNU General Public Licence3 (GPL) is probably one of the most commonly used licenses for open-source projects. Copy the software. Please note that it is very important to see source and binaries distribution as two very different things. GNU Lesser General Public License BSD License MIT License What this means is that: Apache License (al) Footnotes

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center DMCA Exemptions Guest Post by Jan Boyles It’s time to protect the hard-won fair use rights that artists, professors, librarians and online video makers won three years ago at the Copyright Office. The Library of Congress has issued a Notice of Inquiry calling for written comments by December 1. Here's why it matters. But every three years, these exemptions must be renewed. In order to gain an exemption, the individual or group filing the ruling must demonstrate that the strict access controls under the DMCA have adversely impacted the ability of people to create new, non-copyright-infringing material. Intellectual property law clinics and non-profit public interest organizations around the country are now gearing up to provide assistance to people who want help in petitioning for an exemption. Interested in making or joining a petition?

Educational Use of Media: Exemptions to the DMCA The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal to bypass the software "locks" on DVDs and other digital media, colloquially known as Digital Rights Management. Every three years, however, the Copyright Office of the United States reviews petitions to create specific exemptions to this ban on circumvention. In the 2006 rulemaking, University of Pennsylvania professors Peter Decherney, Katherine Sender, and Michael Delli Carpini successfully petitioned for an exemption for media professors making clips for teaching purposes. Not only was their exemption granted, but they persuaded the members of the Copyright Office to reconsider the methodology used to evaluate potential exemptions. As a result, the exemption process began to come into line with fair use, and the door was opened for more and broader exemptions. In the 2009 rulemaking, Decherney, Sender, and Delli Carpini were joined by a coalition of organizations to propose an expanded exemption. How do I copy DVDs?

EFF The 2012 DMCA Rulemaking: Last week the Librarian of Congress issued his final decision (pdf) limiting copyright owners’ ability to sue you for making full use of the works you buy. The short version: it’s a mixed bag. On one hand, the Librarian looked to the future, broadening existing exemptions for extracting clips from DVDs to include clips from movies distributed online, as well. At the same time, the Librarian refused to expand an exemption for "jailbreaking" smartphones to include the smartphone’s cousin, the tablet, even though there is little practical difference between the two devices. Now the long version. In case you haven’t been following this triennial process, here’s some background: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits "circumventing" digital rights management (DRM) and other "technological measures" used to protect copyrighted works. The Video Exemptions Until 2009, the only people allowed to circumvent DVD encryption for fair use purposes were film and media studies professors.

Copyright Law: Chapter 1 and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code Circular 92 § 101 . Except as otherwise provided in this title, as used in this title, the following terms and their variant forms mean the following: An “anonymous work” is a work on the copies or phonorecords of which no natural person is identified as author. An “architectural work” is the design of a building as embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings. “Audiovisual works” are works that consist of a series of related images which are intrinsically intended to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with accompanying sounds, if any, regardless of the nature of the material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the works are embodied. A person’s “children” are that person’s immediate offspring, whether legitimate or not, and any children legally adopted by that person. (3) the Berne Convention;

Copyright Basics for Musicians - Music Copyright Law Entertainment Law March 2009 By Jon M. The Musician's Law and Business Guide Copyright rules define much of the music business, shaping the practices that drive recording and touring deals. For a new song or other work, copyright begins at the moment of fixation — when the music and lyrics have been set down on paper, recorded, or stored on a computer. The copyright in the composition is distinct from the copyright in the sound recording. While not required, registration of published music or recordings has a number benefits. Registration is also simple. There is little or no value to registering a composition until it has been published. By industry tradition, the copyright in the composition is managed by music publishing companies while the sound recordings are managed by the record labels. The copyright will continue to protect the composition for seventy years beyond the life of the author. Cover songs reflect the limited exclusivity provided by copyright. Jon M.

Copyright & Fair Use - Summaries of Fair Use Cases The best way to understand the flexible principle of fair use is to review actual cases decided by the courts. Below are summaries of a variety of fair use cases. Cases Involving Text Fair use. Artwork, Visual Arts, and Audiovisual Cases Fair use. Internet Cases Fair use. Music Cases Fair use. Parody Cases Fair use.

Know Your Copy Rights Welcome to Know Your Copy Rights…a Web site for librarians who are developing positive educational programs for academic users of copyrighted materials in US not-for-profit institutions. This site looks at copyright from the perspectives of all key academic stakeholders and suggests what each group can do to enhance their copyright practices and advance academic interests. To help libraries undertake a campus copyright educational campaign, a range of tools are offered. Your feedback on what is most useful is encouraged! Remember, the scope of this Web site is on using the works of others for teaching and learning. The Know Your Copy Rights educational initiative is a project of the Association of Research Libraries. Library Copyright Alliance (AALL, ALA, ARL, MLA, SLA) Council on Library and Information Resources Please read our disclaimer.

This is the place to get the actual Copyright Laws of the United States in either HTML or PDF. Also has links to historical information going back to 1783. by katrinahsmith Mar 4

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