Understanding Copyright Law

This new edition of Understanding Copyright Law has incorporated all the recent case law and legislative developments, focusing on the challenges of the digital age.
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The seventh edition of Understanding Copyright is a major revision of this classic student treatise. In addition to including the latest case law developments, this edition incorporates the Music Modernization Act of 2018. The seventh edition covers all aspects of the MMA, a dazzling legislative overhaul of the musical copyright, which among its other provisions, creates a new blanket license for digital deliveries and provides protection to pre-1972 sound recordings.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION TO COPYRIGHT ANDINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 

I: HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF COPYRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

II: JUSTIFICATIONS FOR COPYRIGHT LAW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

III: COPYRIGHT, PATENT, AND TRADEMARK COMPARED . . . . . . . . 31

Chapter 2 SUBJECT MATTER OF COPYRIGHT: GENERAL STANDARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

I: FIXATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

II: ORIGINALITY AND AUTHORSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

III: COMPILATIONS AND DERIVATIVE WORKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

IV: NON-COPYRIGHTABLE SUBJECT MATTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Chapter 3 WORKS OF AUTHORSHIP: CATEGORIES OF COPYRIGHTABLE SUBJECT MATTER . . . . . . . . . . 97

I: WORKS OF AUTHORSHIP: OVERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

II: LITERARY WORKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

III: PICTORIAL, GRAPHIC, AND SCULPTURAL WORKS: THE UTILITARIAN OBJECT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

IV: OTHER CATEGORIES OF COPYRIGHTABLE SUBJECT MATTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Chapter 4 PUBLICATION, NOTICE, AND OTHER FORMALITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

I: PUBLICATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

II: NOTICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

III: THE MANUFACTURING CLAUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Chapter 5 OWNERSHIP OF COPYRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

I: INITIAL OWNERSHIP: WORKS MADE FOR HIRE AND JOINT WORKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186

II: TRANSFERS OF COPYRIGHT INTERESTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

Chapter 6 DURATION, RENEWAL, TERMINATION OFTRANSFERS, AND RESTORATION OF COPYRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

I: DURATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226

II: RENEWAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

III: TERMINATION OF TRANSFERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

IV: RESTORATION OF COPYRIGHT IN WORKS PREVIOUSLY IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265

Chapter 7 COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT . . . . 271

I: REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272

II: DEPOSIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

Chapter 8 THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS AND THEIR LIMITATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293

I: EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS, LIMITATIONS, AND COMPULSORY LICENSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293

II: THE REPRODUCTION AND ADAPTATION RIGHTS AND THEIR LIMITATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300

III: THE DISTRIBUTION RIGHT AND ITS LIMITATIONS . . . . . . . . . . 326

IV: THE PERFORMANCE AND DISPLAY RIGHTS AND THEIR LIMITATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341

V: BEYOND CONVENTIONAL COPYRIGHT PROTECTION: THE MORAL RIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 388

VI: RIGHTS BEYOND COPYRIGHT IN THE DIGITAL AGE: THE AUDIO HOME RECORDING ACT OF 1992 AND THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT OF 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400

Chapter 9 INFRINGEMENT AND REMEDIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419

I: INFRINGEMENT: SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419

II: THIRD PARTY LIABILITY (CONTRIBUTORY INFRINGEMENT AND VICARIOUS LIABILITY) INCLUDING THE LIABILITY OF ONLINE SERVICE PROVIDERS UNDER THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM
COPYRIGHT ACT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 438

III: REMEDIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 453

IV: INFRINGEMENT: PROCEDURAL MATTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 474

Chapter 10 FAIR USE AND OTHER DEFENSES TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487


I: FAIR USE: THE BACKGROUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487

II: THE FOUR FACTORS INDIVIDUALLY EXAMINED . . . . . . . . . . . . 495

III: SPECIAL APPLICATIONS OF FAIR USE ANALYSIS: NEW TECHNOLOGIES, PARODY, AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT . . . . 502

IV: THE FUTURE OF FAIR USE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 524

V: OTHER AFFIRMATIVE COPYRIGHT DEFENSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530

Chapter 11 COPYRIGHT LAW IN A FEDERAL SYSTEM: PREEMPTION OF STATE LAW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541

I: PREEMPTION BEFORE THE 1976 ACT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 543

Chapter 12 AN OVERVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 569

I: THE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL TREATIES INVOLVING COPYRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 570

II: FOREIGN AUTHORS AND CONFLICTS OF LAW IN INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 586

Table of Cases

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