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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?

Read in English 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 […]

What is a copyright?

Lea en español 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 […]

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

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, and other […]


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 […]