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U.S. Copyright Act - Title 17

Title 17 of the United States Code outlines United States Copyright Law.  You can view the entire text of Title 17 here.

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Welcome to the Callahan Library Copyright Research Guide. This guide is intended to provide basic information about copyright and does not constitute legal advice. 

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What is Copyright?

What is Copyright?


The U.S. Copyright Act (title 17 of the U.S. Code) is the federal statute that describes copyright law in the United States. Copyright protection applies to original works of authorship set in a tangible medium. Original works may include literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural and audiovisual creations. A tangible medium may include anything from paper to hard drives and other electronic memory devices, the web, film, software, architectural blueprints etc.


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