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Purpose of Copyright

  • Copyright protection encourages creation of works by guaranteeing a limited monopoly on the work and therefore a return on the invested labor
    • Copyright is intended to foster creativity by giving the author's work protection once it is "fixed in a tangible medium"
  • Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution authorizes Congress to make copyright laws
    • "The Congress shall have power ... To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries"
  • The Copyright Act of 1976 is a comprehensive revision to the 1909 Act and became effective on January 1, 1978
U.S. Const. art. I § 8.
Act of Oct. 19, 1976 , Pub. L. 94-553 , 90 Stat. 2541.



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