This site offers
an analysis of some of the key copyright issues facing Internet
publishers. This site does not, however, substitute for legal
advice or provide legal counsel. This site is not a legal referral
site and does not solicit for legal information or services.
This site contains information
on issues and concerns related to:
- The scope of legal protection
afforded to copyright owners, particularly when those owners
exhibit work and distribute it on Internet
- Use of Copyrighted Works
- Limitations on copyright
such as the exception for Fair Use and De Minimis use as they
may apply to Internet publication and use
- Works Unprotected by
- The distinction between
expression and idea and the definition of public domain.
- Traditional Theories
- First Amendment support
for as well as tension with copyright protection.
- Traditional Theories
in a Digital Era
- Traditional theories relating
to free speech and copyright protection as they apply to the
- Pictures, Sound
and Video in Web Publishing
concerns related to the use of pictures, sound and video in
- File Sharing
- Major concerns related
to file sharing on the Internet
- Major concerns related to
Internet linking, such as deep linking.
LINKS TO RELATED MATERIALS
An interesting and well-designed
web site designed to answer common questions about copyright.
Includes a tutorial in web site copyright registration
Law and the Internet: Selected Statutes and Cases
A 1999 article covering
cases and statutes related to Internet publication and
design. Published as part of
FindLaw's Corporate Counsel Center, this article contains
information on the most recent legislation governing copyright
and the Internet, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act
as well as information about U.S. and international efforts
to apply copyright law to the Internet.
In the New World of Electronic Publishing
This presentation, prepared
for the workshop Electronic Publishing Issues II workship
at the Association of American University Presses (AAUP)
in 1994, begins to describe ways that "moral rights"
may play a role in future Internet-based copyright legislation
and addressed fears about whether copyright law could
continue to exist when applied to the Internet.
Published by the University
of Michigan Press.
- A comprehensive and
easy to understand site sponsored by the University