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Copyright law of the United States is contained in chapters 1 through 8 and 10 through 12 of Title 17 of the United States Code. The basic framework for the current Copyright law is the Copyright Act of 1975 enacted on October 19, 1976. The other related statues in this regard are:-
1. Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA) Title 17, Chapter 9
2. Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (VHDPA) Title 17, Chapter 13
3. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
Though getting copyrights of a work seem simple enough, the very act of registering your work and protecting is complicated enough with all kinds of defences and loopholes available in the Act. Therefore a proper study of the Act with live examples is important.
This paper focuses on what constitutes Copyright Infringement with special emphasis on one of the Defences available for violation of this Intellectual Property Right called Fair Use Doctrine. This doctrine is useful for researchers, newspaper agencies, universities and students or anybody who uses a copyrighted work without prior permission and for private use.
THE COPYRIGHT ACT OF 1975
“A copyright, like a patent, is at once the equivalent given by the public for benefits bestowed by the genius and meditations and skill of individuals, and the incentive to further efforts for the same important objects”...