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The first book of its kind, Copyright and the Public Domain brings much—needed clarity to the question of what is protected by copyright and what is not. In plain language, it explains how and why works of authorship enter the public domain. It provides detailed coverage of: copyright requirements; the duration of copyright; copyright forfeiture and abandonment; the "publication" requirement; non-protectible elements within a copyrighted work; restoration of copyrights to foreign works under GATT; conducting copyright renewal searches; non-copyright restrictions that may protect works in the public domain; and many other important issues.Filled with pragmatic guidance on an often bewildering subject, it will help you determine which statutory regime applies to a work, what the copyright term is, and what common traps you should avoid. This authoritative and accessible new book fills an important gap in the legal literature and is an essential addition to any intellectual property law library.
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Table of contents
Introduction to the Public Domain
Works Not Entitled to Copyright Protection
Works Whose Copyright Protection Has Expired
Public Domain Elements in Copyrighted Works
Copyrights Restored from the Public Domain
New Works Created from Public Domain Works
The Public Domain Outside the United States
Researching Copyright Renewals
Non-Copyright Restrictions On Use of Public Domain Materials