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This module is about where to find the copyright law in the United States, how it is arranged, and how to find proposed new laws affecting copyright.

Chapter 4: Copyright Laws

From Copyright For The Rest Of Us by Marcia Keyser.

Jack Valenti, while president of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) made the following statement in an interview with the Harvard Political Review:“ What is fair use? Fair use is not a law. There’s nothing in law.” How can we verify or contradict this statement?(Slater 2003)

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to answer :

I. Where is the law of the United State found?

II. Where is copyright law found?

III. What is the DMCA and what were its impacts?

IV. What is the TEACH Act?

V. Where can I go to see proposed copyright laws?

  • Where can you find the law of the United States?

The law of the United States is published in the “United States Code.” The United States Code is abbreviated as the “USC” or the “US Code.” It can be found online in many places. The most reliable place is at the Government Printing Office web site, (External Link)

It can also be found at Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute, or the LII. (External Link)

Every six years a new printed edition of the US Code is made. The printed version can be found at most public, academic, and law libraries in the United States.

  • Where is the US Copyright Law found?

The US Code is divided into chapters, and each chapter is called a “Title.” Currently, there are 50 Titles. Copyright is found in Title 17. Title 17 is also known as the “1976 Copyright Act.” Within the Copyright Act there are several chapters and within the chapters, sections. A section is designated with the symbol “§”. The very first section, §101, provides definitions of many terms and concepts

used in copyright law. It is written in a readable manner and worth reviewing for any person interested in copyright law. (U.S. Government)

The easiest way to find a certain section or topic within the copyright law is to use the online search functions provided by either of the online versions cited above.

The 1976 Copyright Act was the first major overhaul of copyright law since 1909. It was in development from the early 1960s. It went into effect in 1978. When you consider when this law was written and enacted, it is not surprising that its writers were thinking about printed copies and photocopiers, not digital copies, scanners, or the Internet. Several laws, or “acts,” have been passed since 1978 in order to keep the law up to date. However, many people believe that such “patchwork” laws are only temporary, and a complete rewrite is overdue. (Samuelson 2007, 2011)

Copyright law is also affected by court decisions, especially those in the nine Circuit Courts of the US. Past copyright court cases also tell lawyers how a court might judge a particular case. Several major court decisions will be outlined in this book. A longer list of copyright court cases can be found via Wikipedia (Sept, 2010): (External Link) (Sross Public Policy 2010)

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
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