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General Revision of the Copyright Law (1976) and Judicial Improvement Act of 1990

17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.; 37 C.F.R. § 201.1 et seq., 48 C.F.R. § 52.227-2

The copyright law gives copyright owners the sole right to reproduce all or part of the work, distribute copies, prepare new (derivative) versions of the work, and perform and display the work publicly. Copyright protection governs "original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression." 17 U.S.C. § 102(a). The law protects unpublished as well as published material.

The Head of Access Services at the Law Library is responsible for ensuring that Reserve Service Policies are followed for all electronic reserve postings at the Law School. See Instructions for Placing Items on Reserve.



Know Your Copyrights: ARL chart on What you Can do


Copyright Resources Page at OGC: Includes a Copyright Slider for determining Public Domain Status, and a Section 108 Spinner.

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