Copyright Law

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Overview

A copyright is an exclusive right granted to an author to exclude others from copying his or her work of art. Copyrights protect music, movies, TV shows, plays, musicals, paintings, sculptures, and generally any other type of expressive work. This field of law constantly evolves to respond to technology. The internet, peer-to-peer file sharing, and e-books are just a few examples of technological advances that provide copyright lawyers with interesting legal challenges.

Authority

  • The Constitutional authority of patents comes from Article 1, § 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution:
    • "The Congress shall have Power To . . . promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;"
  • Title 17 of the United States Code is the primary legislative source of authority.

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