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Copyright and Intellectual Property: Legislation

This guide serves as an introduction to copyright resources and best practices. It is not meant as legal advice.

Tracking Legislation


A few good sites to track pending and current legislation are described below:

GovTrack - Track a particular bill, representative, or subject area via RSS feed, e-mail, or through the GovTrack web site.  For example, subscribe to a tracker on Intellectual Property. - A portal for copyright and licensing information for creators, owners, distributors, and consumers of content. was recently the IP Osgoode Law School Pick of the Week. 

NOTE: One important piece of legislation to stay abreast of is Publishers v. Georgia State University (Cambridge University Press, et al. v. Becker, et al., Civ. Action No. 1:o8-CV-1425-ODE.) concerning fair use and copyright infringement.  The Syracuse University link provides a decision summary of the court ruling.


Copyright Legislation

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Federal Statutes and Legislation

Copyright Act - Federal law on copyrights is codified in Title 17 of the United States Code.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) -  A summary of the DMCA provided by U.S. Copyright Office.  The DMCA  is an amendment to the Copyright Act of 1976.

Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act - passed by Congress to update our nation’s telecommunications protections for people with disabilities.

Wiley v. Kirtsaeng  - US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that pits a major textbook publisher against Supap Kirtsaeng, a student-entrepreneur who built a small business importing and selling textbooks.

Copyright Laws

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