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Copyright Law  

An introduction to copyright research aimed at assisting Prof. Tonya Evan's Copyright in the 21st Century seminar class.
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Copyright Law Study Aids

Most current study aid materials are located on the shelves next to the Law Library's computer lab.

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Copyright Law in a Nutshell - Mary LaFrance
Call Number: KF2994.L3
ISBN: 0314271902
Publication Date: 2011

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Copyright - Stephen M. McJohn
Call Number: KF2995.M35
ISBN: 1454803312
Publication Date: 2012

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Principles of Copyright Law - Roger Schechter, John Thomas
Call Number: KFP2994.S34
Publication Date: 2010

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Understanding Copyright Law - Marshall A. Leaffer
ISBN: 1422478912
Publication Date: 2010-03-01


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Introduction to Copyright Law

Copyright Law serves to protect certain works from unauthorized copying.  Primarily regulated by federal law, copyright is largely governed by the Copyright Act of 1976. Because of the preemption provision of the 1976 Act, state copyright laws typically extend to governing additional rights not covered by the federal law.

To begin your research, it is recommended that you select a secondary source to familiarize yourself with the broad concepts and goals of Copyright Law.  A secondary source or current awareness service can also point you toward an emerging or "hot topic" in the fields of copyright or intellectual property that you can use as a topic for your paper.


The Basics of Copyright Law

Extremely concise overview of general principles and intent of American copyright law.


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Finding Books in the Library

Materials in the Widener University Libraries are classed according to the Library of Congress classification schedule.  You may perform a subject, author, or title search in the online library catalog ( to find materials in the Widener libraries.

You can also perform a keyword search.  A keyword search is a broader search and you will likely receive more hits than if you performed a subject specific search.

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Geneneral Copyright Websites

Copyright Basics (PDF)
Created by the U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright Crash Course
The basics of who owns copyright, what these rights entail and the general principles of building on someone else's work. Created by the University of Texas Libraries.

Digital Copyright Slider
Determine whether a work is covered by copyright and whether permission is needed to copy. Created by the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy


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