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Copyright Law: Primary Law

Copyright law resources & research tips

Case Law

General search tips:

  • Search federal case law databases
  • Avoid using the word “copyright” in the search strategy, as some services include a copyright notice in every record
  • Try to use keywords that specifically describe the issue being searched (e.g., infringement and music sampling)



Statutory Law

See the 1976 Copyright Act, in Title 17 of the United States Code.

Copyright regulations are in Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Legislative History

  • Analysis of a statute from idea to legislation
  • Track bills & congressional reports of attempts to fix a problem