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Copyrights Law

Lea en español The Scope of Copyright The copyright laws do exactly as the word suggests—they give you the right, if you hold a copyright, to exercise control over any copy (including use) or your protected work. The American copyright laws are all based on federal statutes, pursuant to the power granted to Congress in […]

What is the “Fair Use” Doctrine in Copyright Law?

U.S. law permits limited “fair use” of copyrighted material without consent of the copyrighter. Fair use is an affirmative defense to a claim of copyright infringement. Courts consider four factors when determining whether an alleged copyright infringement falls under fair use: (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of […]

What is a copyright?

Copyright law protects original works of authorship that are in tangible form. Literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works are examples of products that can be copyrighted when in tangible form. A dance cannot be copyrighted unless the choreography is recorded in writing. You also cannot copyright facts, ideas, basic names or titles of works. Once […]

June 28, 1990: Paperback Software is found guilty of copyright infringement

A federal court ruled June 28, 1990, in the case of Lotus v. Paperback Software, finding Paperback Software guilty of copyright infringement of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program. The program in question was the VP-Planner spreadsheet by Paperback Software, which was designed to work exactly like Lotus 1-2-3. Paperback Software claimed the Lotus program was […]

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Websites Intellectual Property Law Server – Has three main pages: patent, copyright, and trademark. Links, substantive articles, and discussion forums available for all three topics. IP Mall – Hosted by Franklin Pierce Law Center. In addition to the big 3 (copyright, patents, and trademarks), links to information about licensing, trade secrets, technology transfer, […]


Lea en español The owner of a copyright has the right to reproduce a copyrighted work, prepare derivative works based upon it, distribute copies of it and publicly display or perform it. If the work is a limited-edition work, the owner has additional rights. While copyrighting provides some protection for a business’ assets, it is […]