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Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code

Three enactments approved in October 2008 amend U.S. Copyright Law:

  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-403), signed Oct. 13, 2008
  • Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-435), signed Oct. 16, 2008
  • Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendments of 2008 (P.L. 110-434), signed Oct. 16, 2008

The documents below do not yet reflect changes made by these laws.


PDF   Complete version of the U.S. Copyright Law, October 2007
[PDF format = 2.5 Mb]
  or, individual chapters below
PDF Text Preface: Amendments to Title 17 since 1976
PDF Text Chapter 1: Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright
PDF Text Chapter 2: Copyright Ownership and Transfer
PDF Text Chapter 3: Duration of Copyright
PDF Text Chapter 4: Copyright Notice, Deposit, and Registration
PDF Text Chapter 5: Copyright Infringement and Remedies
PDF Text Chapter 6: Manufacturing Requirement and Importation
PDF Text Chapter 7: Copyright Office
PDF Text Chapter 8: Proceedings by Copyright Royalty Judges
PDF Text Chapter 9: Protection of Semiconductor Chip Products
PDF Text Chapter 10: Digital Audio Recording Devices and Media
PDF Text Chapter 11: Sound Recordings and Music Videos
PDF Text Chapter 12: Copyright Protection and Management Systems
PDF Text Chapter 13: Protection of Original Designs
PDF Text Appendix A: The Copyright Act of 1976
PDF Text Appendix B: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
PDF Text Appendix C: The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004
PDF Text Appendix D: The Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004
PDF Text Appendix E: The Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Amendments Act of 2004
PDF Text Appendix F: Title 18—Crimes and Criminal Procedure, U.S. Code
PDF Text Appendix G: Title 28—Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, U. S. Code
PDF Text Appendix H: Title 44—Public Printing and Documents, U. S. Code
PDF Text Appendix I: The Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988
PDF Text Appendix J: The Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1994
PDF Text Appendix K: GATT⁄Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement, Part II
PDF Text Appendix L: Definition of “Berne Convention Work”

This publication is also known as Circular 92.

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