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U.S. Intellectual Property Legal Research: Copyright

A guide to the major information sources of U.S. intellectual property legal research.

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Statutory Copyright Law

U.S. Copyright law is found in title 17 of the U.S. Code.  The library has physical copies of official U.S. Code., the U.S. Code Annotated (West) and the U.S. Code Service (Lexis). (See the call numbers listed below to find these in the stacks.)  Electronic versions are available through their respective publishers. HeinOnline offers full historic coverage of the U.S. Code, which can be useful when faced with an issue based on a previous copyright law.

Copyright Regulations

U.S. copyright regulations are found in title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.).  The library has a physical set of official C.F.R. (See the call number listed below to find these in the stacks.)  Electronic versions are available through the Government Printing Office (FDSys), Lexis and West. HeinOnline offers full historic coverage of the C.F.R., which can be useful when faced with an issue based on previous copyright regulations.

Copyright Books

Copyright practice benefits from several multi-volume treatises, which are listed below.  The LRC also has a sigificant collection of books.  These cover general and specific topics in copyright law and many are not available through legal databases.  You can find these by searching the LRC catalog.  For more information on searching the LRC catalog, see the LRC guide on searching the catalog.

Copyright Periodicals & Reporters

Several services offer news and case updates to copyright law.  Several are offered through Bloomberg/BNA and are presented on a platform different than you may be used to through Lexis and West.

Copyright Databases

Copyright Web Sites

A short list of helpful web sites that provide more information on copyright issues.