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Friday, April 8, 2011

U.S. Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office's website is a valuable tool for those conducting research in this area. Users can locate basic information regarding fees and registration forms as well as how to locate copyright records. The online catalog enables one to search for copyright listings for registrations from 1978 until present and will contain basic information such as the type of work, registration number, title, name of the individual, date of creation and publication. For works prior to 1978, the Copyright Office has a convenient circular that will assist the user in locating the item. There are a number of Circulars and factsheets on a variety of copyright topics designed to provide information to the public. Attorneys will find the law and policy section of the website useful because it contains the copyright statutes as codified in Title 17 of the United States Code as well as copyright regulations, notices, and agency decisions among other sources.

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