Copyright Laws

Copyright in the United States is established by the U. S. Constitution, and is articulated in Title 17 of the United States Code. The laws identified here comprise an attempt to summarize those which are the most relevant to copyright in a music library setting.

United States Constitution

  • Article I, cl.8
  • Article VI, cl. 2

United States Code

  • 17 U.S.C. §6 (Exclusive rights)
  • 17 U.S.C. §7 (Fair use)
  • 17 U.S.C. §8 (Exemptions for libraries and archives)
  • 17 U.S.C. §9 (Effect of transfer of copies)
  • 17 U.S.C. §10 (Performance/display exemptions)
  • 17 U.S.C. §301 (Preemption)
  • 17 U.S.C. §1201 (Circumvention of copyright protection systems)

Historically significant laws

  • Statute of Anne
  • Copyright act of 1790
  • Copyright revision of 1831
  • Copyright revision of 1909
  • Copyright revision of 1976
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998)
  • TEACH Act (2002)