Copyright Act document

Copyright Act

The Copyright Act is the foundation of copyright law in the United States. In the table below you will find the text of the Copyright Act, which can be found in title 17 of the United States Code. The underlying text is the 1976 Copyright Act, which was enacted in 1978, and has been amended several times throughout the years.

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Chapter 1 Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright
Chapter 14 Unauthorized Use of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings