Current Legislation & Case Law
Article I Section 8 | Clause 8 - Patent and Copyright Clause of the Constitution.
[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;"
- First Amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
- Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services, INC., No. 94-1778 6th Cir. 1996 decision vacated Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services, INC., No. 94-1778 6th Cir. 1996
- American Geophysical Union v. Texaco, Inc., 60 F.3d 913 (2d Cir. 1995)
- Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp. (9th Cir. 2003)
- Basic Books, Inc. v. Kinko's Graphics Corp., 758 F.Supp. 1522 (S.D.N.Y. 1991)
- Campbell v. Acuff-Rose, 510 U.S. 569, 114 S.Ct. 1164 (1994)
- Community for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid, 490 U.S. 730, 109 S.Ct. 2166 (1989)
- Datastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., USSC No. 02-428, June 6, 2003.
- Eldred v. Ashcroft, 239 F.3d 372 (2003).
- Encyclopedia Britannica Educ. Corp. v. Crooks, 558 F. Supp. 1247 (W.D.N.Y. 1983)
- Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340, 111 S.Ct. 1282 (1991)
- Fogerty v. Fantasy, Inc., 510 U.S. 517, 114 S.Ct. 1023 (1994)
- Gulf Oil Corp. v. Copp Paving Co., 419 U.S. 186, 95 S.Ct. 392 (1974)
- Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539, 105 S.Ct. 2218 (1985)
- International Bhd. of Elec. Workers v. NLRB, 814 F.2d 697 (D.C. Cir. 1987)
- Los Angeles News Service v. Tullo, 973 F.2d 791 (9th Cir. 1992)
- MacMillan Co. v. King, 223 F. 862 (D. Mass. 1914)
- Marcus v. Rowley, 695 F.2d 1171 (9th Cir. 1983)
- National Rifle Ass'n of America v. Handgun Control Fed'n, 15 F.3d 559 (6th Cir.), cert. denied, 115 S.Ct. 71 (1994)
- New York Times Co., Inc. v. Tasini, 531 U.S. 483 (2001).
- Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417, 104 S.Ct. 774 (1984)
- Stewart v. Abend, 495 U.S. 207, 110 S.Ct. 1750 (1990)
- Twentieth Century Music Corp. v. Aiken, 422 U.S. 151, 95 S.Ct. 2040 (1975)
- West Virginia Univ. Hosps., Inc. v. Casey, 499 U.S. 83, 111 S.Ct. 1138 (1991)
- Williams & Wilkins Co. v. United States, 487 F.2d 1345, aff'd by an equally divided court, 420 U.S. 376, 95 S.Ct. 1344 (1975)
- Selected Historic Copyright Decisions at Cornell Law School
- Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., vs. BLEEM LLC, Case number 99-17137 (9th Circuit 2000)
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Face-to-Face Teaching Exemption
Work for Hire
Copyright and the Web?
Investigating Copyright Status
How to find copyright owners
Some myths about copyright
Helpful Web sites
Resources on Intellectual Property Law
Copyright for Higher Education
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