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Copyright & Intellectual Property

Services, policies and information about copyright at CSUN University Library

The US Code

Primary Source Materials

This section will provide you with the primary resources necessary to understand copyright law and its impact on creative and scholarly endeavors. We have broken up this into several important sections:

  1. US Constitution
  2. US Code and Statutes  
  3. US Regulations
  4. International Treaties and Conventions
  5. US Court Cases on Copyright

U.S. Constitution

Article I Section 8.8 lays the foundation for copyright law in the United States. The importance of “limited times” should not be underestimated as it provides the rationale for the historical and future need for copyright terms that are not perpetual.

  • U.S. Consitution
    Article I Section 8 | Clause 8 – Patent and Copyright Clause of the Constitution: [The Congress shall have power] “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”
  • First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

US Codes and Statutes

US Regulations

US Court Cases on Copyright

Recent and Significant Copyright Court Cases (abridged from Stanford University list)

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