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Copyright Law Deskbook, with 2013 Cumulative Supplement

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Finally, a functional, “to-the-point” alternative to the expansive texts on copyright law, covering the most current cases and pivotal decisions

Copyright Law Deskbook expertly addresses the law and practice of copyright. It provides a thorough treatment of the relevant law, with a particular emphasis on, and analyses of, recent case law developments. Yet the book manages to stay far more pragmatic than existing treatises on the subject. This text aims to be useful rather than monumental, focusing on particular disputes and rendering details specific to legal questions decided by the courts so that practitioners can determine which cases are most likely to be germane to the questions they need answered. 

With copyright law having undergone dramatic changes since the development of the internet as a commercial, artistic, and intellectual hub, the Deskbook is invaluable for its exploration of cases in which existing copyright content is being aggregated, adapted, and distributed in ways unforeseen by Congress when it passed the Copyright Act in 1976. The treatise offers the most up-to-date and significant aspects of the law, including fair use, work for hire, copyrightability, digital rights and the DMCA, international considerations, damages, formalities, preemption, and litigation issues. Some of the book’s highlights include:  

  • The relevant statutory language at the beginning of each chapter, followed by a discussion of precedent, all organized to highlight the issues of greatest interest to practitioners: What is the applicable standard? Where has it been satisfied, and where has it not?
  • Details about the reasoning behind the decisions, not just string cites. From the text, practitioners can determine, even before pulling the cases, which ones are likely to be most helpful, and applicable to the question at hand.
  • An up-to-date look at the cases behind the explosion of interest in copyright by practitioners (and their clients) who never before had reason to consider them. Mainstream media and consumers now regularly engage topics such as copyrights in cell phone ring tones; YouTube clips; and property rights in video games, images, and digital characters.
  • A look at copyrights when they intersect with taxes, insurance, antitrust, and bankruptcy.   

Copyright Law Deskbook comes with an Annotated Case Digest on CD-ROM that covers every significant copyright law decision from 1993 to 2011. This Case Digest includes a compilation of Robert W. Clarida’s annual case law summaries that have been published each year, beginning in 1993, in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Now these case law summaries are integrated and electronically searchable by case name, docket number, jurisdiction, issue, and type of media.  


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The new 2013 Cumulative Supplement covers:  

  •  The Supreme Court’s ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley, finding that foreign-made goods are covered by the first-sale defense under section 109, and a district court’s ruling in Captiol Records v. ReDigi that digital music files are NOT covered by the first-sale defense.
  • New Second Circuit law finding that implied-in-fact contracts for movie and TV pitches are not preempted.
  • New law from the New York Court of appeals, holding that pre-1972 sound recordings are not subject to the DMCA “safe harbors” in section 512.
  • New fair use holdings involving fine art photographic collages (Cariou v. Prince), internet news-aggregation services (AP v. Meltwater), tabloid reprints of private celebrity photographs (Monge v. Maya Magazine, Balsley v. LFP), TV clips in a Broadway show (SOFA v. Dodger Productions) and artworks used as rock-concert projections (Seltzer v. Green Day)
  • New infringement rulings requiring high levels of similarity for “re-shot” photographs (Harney v. Sony Pictures) and simple graphic designs (Blehm v. Jacobs

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2009/885 pp. Hardcover with 2013 Cumulative Supplement/Order #9277P  


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2013/Approx. 238 pp. Softcover with CD-ROM/ISBN 9781617462771/Order #2277

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About the Author

Robert W. Clarida is a partner at Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt, LLC in New York, NY, and a noted author and speaker on copyright. He is a past trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Mr. Clarida is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise and has extensive experience in all aspects of securing, enforcing and licensing non-patent intellectual property rights, and in advising a broad range of clients on effective strategies for maximizing value and avoiding infringement risk.

Members of Copyright Society of the U.S.A. use coupon code CSUS10 and your member number (in notes) at checkout to receive your 20% discount.


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Robert W. Clarida

Members of Copyright Society of the U.S.A. use coupon code CSUS10 and your member number (in notes) at checkout to receive your 20% discount.