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2014: Copyright Law Rulings and Regulations

Here is a collection of 2014 cases and administrative actions affecting copyright law.

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Playing Music in Your Store: How to Avoid Paying for It!

How can you avoid paying to play music in your store?

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Hiring a Copyright Attorney

If you don’t know of a good copyright attorney, you may be able to find one through your business contacts.

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International Copyright Protection

Over 120 nations have signed treaties in which they agree to extend reciprocal copyright protection to works authored by nationals of the other sign...

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The First Sale Doctrine

Every day, millions of consumers make use of the first sale doctrine.

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EULA: What's an End User License Agreement?

Copyright owners, particularly software and website publishers, may want to limit how purchasers use their products and services. For example, a sof...

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Copyright and Compulsory Licenses

Normally, in order for someone to reproduce, perform, or distribute a copyrighted work, permission must be obtained from the copyright owner.

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Understanding "Access" in Copyright Law

In order to prove that a work was copied, sold, or performed without authorization, the copyright owner must demonstrate that the person accused of ...

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Copyright is Automatic

Artists and writers are often surprised to learn that copyright is automatic – that is, nothing needs to be done to claim copyright protection.

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Visual Artists Rights Act: Special Protection for Fine Art Works

Visual Artists Rights Act Certain types of artworks receive more rights than are

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Why You Shouldn't Mess With CMI

In 1998, Congress created a new legal basis for suing copyright infringers. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act made it illegal to remove "copyri...

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When Do You Need a Copyright Notice on Software (And Where Do You Place It)?

A copyright notice should be used for all published software. Although not mandatory, using notices costs nothing, and may help to deter infring...

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When Do You Need a Copyright Notice on Websites (And Where Do You Place It)?

A copyright notice should be included on a website whenever it goes live--becomes available to the public over the Internet. Although not mandat...

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Protecting Databases Without Copyright Law

Copyright protection for databases is limited. Moreover, many databases don’t qualify for any protection at all. As a result, the owners of valu...

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