United States Copyright Law
first Edition

United States Copyright Law

by eLangdell Press

The United States Copyright Code appears in Title 17 of the United State Code.  This publication was made with data provided by the United States government on the Office of Law Revision Counsel Bulk US Code.

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Introduction. COPYRIGHTS
Introduction.1 - Preface
Introduction.2 - Notices
Introduction.3 - Amendments
Chapter One. SUBJECT MATTER AND SCOPE OF COPYRIGHT
1.1 - §101. Definitions
1.2 - §102. Subject matter of copyright: In general
1.3 - §103. Subject matter of copyright: Compilations and derivative works
1.4 - §104. Subject matter of copyright: National origin
1.5 - §104A. Copyright in restored works
1.6 - §105. Subject matter of copyright: United States Government works
1.7 - §106. Exclusive rights in copyrighted works
1.8 - §106A. Rights of certain authors to attribution and integrity
1.9 - §107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
1.10 - §108. Limitations on exclusive rights: Reproduction by libraries and archives
1.11 - §109. Limitations on exclusive rights: Effect of transfer of particular copy or phonorecord
1.12 - §110. Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays
1.13 - §111. Limitations on exclusive rights: Secondary transmissions of broadcast programming by cable
1.14 - §112. Limitations on exclusive rights: Ephemeral recordings
1.15 - §113. Scope of exclusive rights in pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
1.16 - §114. Scope of exclusive rights in sound recordings
1.17 - §115.Scope of exclusive rights in nondramatic musical works: Compulsory license for making and distributing phonorecords
1.18 - §116. Negotiated licenses for public performances by means of coin-operated phonorecord players
1.19 - [§116A. Renumbered §116]
1.20 - §117. Limitations on exclusive rights: Computer programs
1.21 - §118. Scope of exclusive rights: Use of certain works in connection with noncommercial broadcasting
1.22 - §119. Limitations on exclusive rights: Secondary transmissions of distant television programming by satellite
1.23 - §120. Scope of exclusive rights in architectural works
1.24 - §121. Limitations on exclusive rights: Reproduction for blind or other people with disabilities
1.25 - §122. Limitations on exclusive rights: Secondary transmissions of local television programming by satellite
Chapter Two. COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP AND TRANSFER
2.1 - §201. Ownership of copyright
2.2 - §202. Ownership of copyright as distinct from ownership of material object
2.3 - §203. Termination of transfers and licenses granted by the author
2.4 - §204. Execution of transfers of copyright ownership
2.5 - §205. Recordation of transfers and other documents
Chapter Three. DURATION OF COPYRIGHT
3.1 - §301. Preemption with respect to other laws
3.2 - §302. Duration of copyright: Works created on or after January 1, 1978
3.3 - §303. Duration of copyright: Works created but not published or copyrighted before January 1, 1978
3.4 - §304. Duration of copyright: Subsisting copyrights
3.5 - §305. Duration of copyright: Terminal date
Chapter Four. COPYRIGHT NOTICE, DEPOSIT, AND REGISTRATION
4.1 - §401. Notice of copyright: Visually perceptible copies
4.2 - §402. Notice of copyright: Phonorecords of sound recordings
4.3 - §403. Notice of copyright: Publications incorporating United States Government works
4.4 - §404. Notice of copyright: Contributions to collective works
4.5 - §405. Notice of copyright: Omission of notice on certain copies and phonorecords
4.6 - §406. Notice of copyright: Error in name or date on certain copies and phonorecords
4.7 - §407. Deposit of copies or phonorecords for Library of Congress
4.8 - §408. Copyright registration in general
4.9 - §409. Application for copyright registration
4.10 - §410. Registration of claim and issuance of certificate
4.11 - §411. Registration and civil infringement actions
4.12 - §412. Registration as prerequisite to certain remedies for infringement
Chapter Five. COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND REMEDIES
5.1 - §501. Infringement of copyright
5.2 - §502. Remedies for infringement: Injunctions
5.3 - §503. Remedies for infringement: Impounding and disposition of infringing articles
5.4 - §504. Remedies for infringement: Damages and profits
5.5 - §505. Remedies for infringement: Costs and attorney's fees
5.6 - §506. Criminal offenses
5.7 - §507. Limitations on actions
5.8 - §508. Notification of filing and determination of actions
5.9 - [§509. Repealed. Pub. L. 110–403, title II, §201(b)(1), Oct. 13, 2008, 122 Stat. 4260]
5.10 - §510. Remedies for alteration of programming by cable systems
5.11 - §511. Liability of States, instrumentalities of States, and State officials for infringement of copyright
5.12 - §512. Limitations on liability relating to material online
5.13 - §513. Determination of reasonable license fees for individual proprietors
Chapter Six. IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION
6.1 - [§601. Repealed. Pub. L. 111–295, §4(a), Dec. 9, 2010, 124 Stat. 3180]
6.2 - §602. Infringing importation or exportation of copies or phonorecords
6.3 - §603. Importation prohibitions: Enforcement and disposition of excluded articles
Chapter Seven. COPYRIGHT OFFICE
7.1 - §701. The Copyright Office: General responsibilities and organization
7.2 - §702. Copyright Office regulations
7.3 - §703. Effective date of actions in Copyright Office
7.4 - §704. Retention and disposition of articles deposited in Copyright Office
7.5 - §705. Copyright Office records: Preparation, maintenance, public inspection, and searching
7.6 - §706. Copies of Copyright Office records
7.7 - §707. Copyright Office forms and publications
7.8 - §708. Copyright Office fees
7.9 - §709. Delay in delivery caused by disruption of postal or other services
7.10 - [§710. Repealed. Pub. L. 106–379, §3(a)(1), Oct. 27, 2000, 114 Stat. 1445]
Chapter Eight. PROCEEDINGS BY COPYRIGHT ROYALTY JUDGES
8.1 - §801. Copyright Royalty Judges; appointment and functions
8.2 - §802. Copyright Royalty Judgeships; staff
8.3 - §803. Proceedings of Copyright Royalty Judges
8.4 - §804. Institution of proceedings
8.5 - §805. General rule for voluntarily negotiated agreements
Chapter Nine. PROTECTION OF SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP PRODUCTS
9.1 - §901. Definitions
9.2 - §902. Subject matter of protection
9.3 - §903. Ownership, transfer, licensing, and recordation
9.4 - §904. Duration of protection
9.5 - §905. Exclusive rights in mask works
9.6 - §906. Limitation on exclusive rights: reverse engineering; first sale
9.7 - §907. Limitation on exclusive rights: innocent infringement
9.8 - §908. Registration of claims of protection
9.9 - §909. Mask work notice
9.10 - §910. Enforcement of exclusive rights
9.11 - §911. Civil actions
9.12 - §912. Relation to other laws
9.13 - §913. Transitional provisions
9.14 - §914. International transitional provisions
Chapter Ten. DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDING DEVICES AND MEDIA
10.1 - DEFINITIONS
10.1.1 - §1001. Definitions
10.2 - COPYING CONTROLS
10.2.1 - §1002. Incorporation of copying controls
10.3 - ROYALTY PAYMENTS
10.3.1 - §1003. Obligation to make royalty payments
10.3.2 - §1004. Royalty payments
10.3.3 - §1005. Deposit of royalty payments and deduction of expenses
10.3.4 - §1006. Entitlement to royalty payments
10.3.5 - §1007. Procedures for distributing royalty payments
10.4 - PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN INFRINGEMENT ACTIONS, REMEDIES, AND ARBITRATION
10.4.1 - §1008. Prohibition on certain infringement actions
10.4.2 - §1009. Civil remedies
10.4.3 - §1010. Determination of certain disputes
Chapter Eleven. SOUND RECORDINGS AND MUSIC VIDEOS
11.1 - §1101. Unauthorized fixation and trafficking in sound recordings and music videos
Chapter Twelve. COPYRIGHT PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
12.1 - §1201. Circumvention of copyright protection systems
12.2 - §1202. Integrity of copyright management information
12.3 - §1203. Civil remedies
12.4 - §1204. Criminal offenses and penalties
12.5 - §1205. Savings clause
Chapter Thirteen. PROTECTION OF ORIGINAL DESIGNS
13.1 - §1301. Designs protected
13.2 - §1302. Designs not subject to protection
13.3 - §1303. Revisions, adaptations, and rearrangements
13.4 - §1304. Commencement of protection
13.5 - §1305. Term of protection
13.6 - §1306. Design notice
13.7 - §1307. Effect of omission of notice
13.8 - §1308. Exclusive rights
13.9 - §1309. Infringement
13.10 - §1310. Application for registration
13.11 - §1311. Benefit of earlier filing date in foreign country
13.12 - §1312. Oaths and acknowledgments
13.13 - §1313. Examination of application and issue or refusal of registration
13.14 - §1314. Certification of registration
13.15 - §1315. Publication of announcements and indexes
13.16 - §1316. Fees
13.17 - §1317. Regulations
13.18 - §1318. Copies of records
13.19 - §1319. Correction of errors in certificates
13.20 - §1320. Ownership and transfer
13.21 - §1321. Remedy for infringement
13.22 - §1322. Injunctions
13.23 - §1323. Recovery for infringement
13.24 - §1324. Power of court over registration
13.25 - §1325. Liability for action on registration fraudulently obtained
13.26 - §1326. Penalty for false marking
13.27 - §1327. Penalty for false representation
13.28 - §1328. Enforcement by Treasury and Postal Service
13.29 - §1329. Relation to design patent law
13.30 - §1330. Common law and other rights unaffected
13.31 - §1331. Administrator; Office of the Administrator
13.32 - §1332. No retroactive effect