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Copyright Laws

Copyright in the United States is established by the U. S. Constitution, and is articulated in Title 17 of the United States Code. The laws identified here comprise an attempt to summarize those which are the most relevant to copyright in a music library setting.

United States Constitution

Article I, 8 cl.8
Article VI, cl. 2

United States Code

17 U.S.C. 106 (Exclusive rights)
17 U.S.C. 107 (Fair use)
17 U.S.C. 108 (Exemptions for libraries and archives)
17 U.S.C. 109 (Effect of transfer of copies)
17 U.S.C. 110 (Performance/display exemptions)
17 U.S.C. 301 (Preemption)
17 U.S.C. 1201 (Circumvention of copyright protection systems)

Historically significant laws

Statute of Anne
Copyright act of 1790
Copyright revision of 1831
Copyright revision of 1909
Copyright revision of 1976
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998)
TEACH Act (2002)
Creative Commons License

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