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This guide provides an introduction to freely available resources dealing with U.S. copyright law. The guide is split into five sections:
Getting Started provides a basic introduction to the concept of copyright;
Primary Legal Resources provides links to copyright statutes, regulations, case law, and the text of international copyright treaties;
Secondary Resources includes links to law journals that specialize in intellectual property issues, legislative histories of U.S. copyright laws, papers discussing copyright issues at the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN), books on copyright law, and other secondary resources;
Limitations on Exclusive Rights provides resources related to copyright limitations including fair use, the first sale doctrine, the TEACH Act and classroom use exemptions, and the library exceptions; and,
Researching Registrations provides resources for researching copyright registrations, determining the length of protection for a given work, and links to documents explaining popular licensing options like Creative Commons and Copyleft licenses.
The purpose of this guides is to aid the public and Colorado librarians in researching information related to U.S. copyright law. The guide identifies key areas and related information, including both print and free online resources. Please remember that this guide is not an exhaustive list of materials or resources.
Google provides an easy to use search engine for finding information on the Internet. For example, you could search for "Copyright" to pull up some of the resources that are listed elsewhere in this guide. When using Google, or any other search engine, it is important to remember that you will find both reliable and unreliable sources of information. The following questions will help you evaluate the reliability of information you find online.