Copyright Law of the United States

The United States copyright law is contained in chapters 1 through 8 and 10 through 12 of title 17 of the United States Code. Chapters 9 and 13 of title 17 contain two types of design protection that are independent of copyright protection. The Copyright Act of 1976 provides the basic framework for the current copyright law.


Preface: Amendments to Title 17 since 1976


Title 17 of the United States Code

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Chapter 1: Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright

Chapter 2: Copyright Ownership and Transfer

Chapter 3: Duration of Copyright

Chapter 4: Copyright Notice, Deposit, and Registration

Chapter 5: Copyright Infringement and Remedies

Chapter 6: Importation and Exportation

Chapter 7: Copyright Office

Chapter 8: Proceedings by Copyright Royalty Judges

Chapter 9: Protection of Semiconductor Chip Products

Chapter 10: Digital Audio Recording Devices and Media

Chapter 11: Sound Recordings and Music Videos

Chapter 12: Copyright Protection and Management Systems

Chapter 13: Protection of Original Designs


Transitional and Related Statutory Provisions

Appendix A: The Copyright Act of 1976

Appendix B: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Appendix C: The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004

Appendix D: The Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004

Appendix E: The Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Amendments Act of 2004

Appendix F: The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008

Appendix G: The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010

Appendix H: The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

Appendix I: The STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014

Related United States Code Provisions

Appendix J: Title 18 — Crimes and Criminal Procedure, U.S. Code

Appendix K: Title 28 — Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, U.S. Code

Appendix L: Title 44 — Public Printing and Documents, U.S. Code

Related International Provisions

Appendix M: The Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988

Appendix N: The Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1994

Appendix O: GATT/Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement, Part II

Appendix P: Definition of "Berne Convention Work"

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