A Guide to U.S. Copyright Law
A guide for newspaper publishers compiled by Idaho Press Online.
Advantages of Copyright Registration
There are significant benefits for the copyright owner to copyright register their creative work. Find out more in this article from the Publishing Law Center.
Copyright and Fair-Use site
An extensive, searchable site from Stanford University Libraries.
Circular 1 from the U.S. Copyright Office answers most questions you may ask about copyrights in the United States.
Copyright Laws and the Rights of Blind People
A review of copyright legislation as it affects access to the written word through alternative formats.
As a general rule, the copyright in a work is initially owned by the work's creator, but this isn't always the case. Find out more at this page from Nolo Press.
The longer application form for non-dramatic literary works. PDF Format.
New Rules for Public Domain Materials
Attorney Lloyd Jassin explains the implications of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act on works in the public domain.
Protection of Fictional Characters
Attorney Lloyd Rich offers some great advice concerning the protection of fictional characters and their characteristics.
Protection of Literary Titles
While copyright law protects the contents of a book, this article by Lloyd L. Rich describes how the title can be protected as well.
Short Form TX
The application form to use for books, poetry and manuscripts if you are the sole copyright owner and author of the work. PDF format.
Ten Common Copyright Permission Myths
Publishing Attorney Lloyd J. Jassin debunks some common myths about copyright and the public domain.
U.S. Copyright Office
"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"
What Is Copyright?
Some basic copyright questions answered by Official Software, the makers of Official Copyright, an interactive copyright registration program.
When Copyrights Expire
A handy chart to determine when the copyright on documents will expire, taking all copyright law changes into effect.