A manual of Copyright Office practices and procedures, intended primarily for Copyright Office staff. Chapter 1600 - Recordation of Transfers and Other Documents Pertaining to a Copyright - and Chapter 1900 - Records, Indexes, and Deposits of the Copyright Office, Inspection, Copying, Additional Certificates and Other Certifications, are available online.
This is the first chapter of William F. Patry's treatise, "Copyright Law and Practice" (BNA Books 1994). Prof. Holaar, who publishes Digital Law Online, and reprints this chapter with consent of BNA, calls it "one of the most readable and comprehensive works on copyright law."
This book excerpt includes the 2000 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 1.
Instructions and information about registering various types of works, including literary works, visual arts works, performing arts works, sound recordings, serials and periodicals, and mask works (Unless you are in the semiconductor business, that last category - mask works - won't be of great interest.)
Prof. Hollaar writes: "The CONTU Final Report provided not only the justification for Congress's amending of Sections 101 and 117 of the Copyright Act of 1976 to address computer software, but also discussed the protection of databases and other collections of information and the use of technology such as photocopiers."
"Public Knowledge is a public-interest advocacy organization dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons. ... promote[s] the core conviction that some fundamental democratic principles and cultural values -openness, access, and the capacity to create and compete - must be given new embodiment in the digital age."
"This Statement explains why such sui generis proposals or any proposals that would impede the full and open exchange of scientific data are inimical to scientific progress and presents a set of principles for evaluating intellectual property proposals related to scientific databases."
Article by Robert S. Boynton discussing the clash of perspectives concerning the role of copyright law and its effect on society in the digital age. Contains a substantial discussion of the Copy Left or "free culture movement".
"A protest movement is forming, made up of lawyers, scholars and activists who fear that bolstering copyright protection in the name of foiling ''piracy'' will have disastrous consequences for society."
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