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This handbook covers the most timely and significant aspects of copyright law in a concise, convenient format. Every chapter contains excerpts from the Copyright Act, explanations of the text, and analyses of seminal decisions, addressing fair use, work for hire, copyrightability, digital rights and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, international considerations, damages, formalities, preemption, and litigation issues.
A functional, “to-the-point” treatise covering current cases and pivotal decisions
Copyright Law Deskbook expertly addresses the law and practice of copyright, with a particular emphasis on, and analyses of, recent case law developments. This treatise 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 book offers the most up-to-date and significant aspects of the law, including fair use, work for hire, copyrightability, digital rights and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, international considerations, damages, formalities, preemption, and litigation issues.
New in the 2014 Cumulative Supplement are a thorough analysis of the Supreme Court’s holding and Justice Scalia’s dissent in WNET v. Aereo, dealing with the copyright issues surrounding the streaming of live television performances over the Internet for a monthly fee; an explanation of the new clarity surrounding the laches defense, thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision focusing on the intersection of laches and the statute of limitations; a parsing of recent, seemingly contradictory decisions from the Second and Ninth Circuits regarding fair use and transformative fair use; a view of the First Circuit’s decision regarding evidence of copyright registrations; and a deep discussion of copyright questions that have divided courts after a former newspaper employee launched his own blog using material that had not yet been registered in the Copyright Office.
Copyright Law Deskbook comes with an Annotated Case Digest on CD-ROM that covers every significant copyright law decision from 1993 to 2013. 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.
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