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The Copyright Book: A Practical Guide

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Through five editions since 1981, this book has offered the most comprehensive accessible guide available to all aspects of copyright law. Now, with the sixth edition, The Copyright Book has been thoroughly updated to cover copyright for the Internet age, discussing a range of developments in the law since 2000. The only book written for nonlawyers that covers the entire field of copyright law, it is essential reading for authors, artists, creative people in every medium, the companies that hire them, users of ...

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Overview

Through five editions since 1981, this book has offered the most comprehensive accessible guide available to all aspects of copyright law. Now, with the sixth edition, The Copyright Book has been thoroughly updated to cover copyright for the Internet age, discussing a range of developments in the law since 2000. The only book written for nonlawyers that covers the entire field of copyright law, it is essential reading for authors, artists, creative people in every medium, the companies that hire them, users of copyrighted material, and anyone with an interest in copyright law from a policy perspective. New material includes greatly expanded coverage of infringement and fair use, with detailed discussion of recent decisions, including the Grateful Dead, Google, and HathiTrust cases. The new edition considers such topics as open access, the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), file sharing, e-reserves, the status of "orphan works," and the latest developments under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The sixth edition also brings up to date The Copyright Book's plain English explanation of such fundamental topics as authorship and ownership; transfers and licenses of copyright; copyright notice; registration of copyright (including the new online registration and "preregistration" systems); the scope of rights included in copyright, and exceptions to those rights; "moral rights"; compulsory licenses; tax treatment of copyright; and international aspects of copyright law. As copyright issues grow ever more complicated, The Copyright Book becomes ever more indispensable.

The development of new technologies has demanded changes in copyright laws. This book explains these changes in lay language for those concerned about their rights. Includes case law on the content of databases and compilations, disbribution of software, videotaping for educational use, and more. Watch for future beannual updates of this important reference.

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PSP Bulletin - Myer Kurtz
Mr. Strong, a named partner at a general practice Boston law firm, Kotin,Crabtree & Strong, writes in plain English and with verve. When the impulse seizes him, he unabashedly calls out judicial decisions that he disagrees with, and he does so cogently and without rancor. He's a pleasure to read, particularly by the non-lawyers to who his publishers say this book is written for, although I suspect that even knowledgeable lawyers would gain something from the book.
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Updated from the 1984 edition to include the US Supreme Court's decision on work-for-hire, new statutes on software protection, and the US acceptance of the Berne Convention. Detailed and clear text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262027397
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2014
  • Edition description: sixth edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 730,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William S. Strong is a Partner at Kotin, Crabtree, and Strong, LLP, Boston, and a leading authority on copyright and trademark issues.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Subject Matter of Copyright 2
2 Ownership 42
3 Transfers and Licenses of Copyright 68
4 Copyright Notice 88
5 Registration of a Copyright Claim 104
6 Rights in Copyrighted Works 132
7 The Compulsory Licenses 162
8 Infringement and Fair Use 178
9 Works Created before 1978 246
10 Tax Treatment of Copyrights 280
11 International Copyright Protection 290
12 Copyright and the Information Society: A Few Parting Thoughts 300
App. A Methods of Affixation and Positions of the Copyright Notice on Various Types of Works 304
App. B Form TX 312
App. C "Best Edition" of Published Copyrighted Works for the Collections of the Library of Congress 314
App. D Registration of Computer Programs and Databases 318
App. E Warnings of Copyright for Use by Certain Libraries and Archives 324
App. F Copyright Fees 328
App. G Digest of CONFU Draft on Fair Use Guidelines 336
App. H Notice of Intent to Enforce a Copyright Restored under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act 342
Notes 344
Index 370
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