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Learning about Copyright

Copyright is a dynamic and evolving area of law.  Believe it or not, until fairly recently, the subject was considered rather boring and arcane.  Electronic technology and the internet have changed everything.  Learning about Copyright Law can be frustrating, because so many of the issues don't have a clear black & white answer.  However, I believe that is actually a good thing, because it allows courts to weigh the specifics of each case without forcing the outcome.

The University of Texas System "Crash Course in Copyright" is a helpful resource for learning the basics of copyright law.

For BYU faculty and students, the Copyright Licensing Office (CLO) is a valuable resource, with information about the fundamentals of fair use, instructions and resources for obtaining permission, links to campus policies, and their own tutorial.

The BYU Fair Use Evaluation Log (FUEL) uses empirical analysis data from US federal court opinions to evaluate proposed uses of copyrighted material. Users have the option to save a printout of the analysis result for their records.

Search the Law Library catalog for resources with "Copyright" as a subject heading. The Library of Congress Call Number range for Copyrights, Patents & Trademarks is KF 2971-2980 (click and enter a call number to browse the catalog).

BNA Intellectual Property Library

These are resources to which the Hunter Law Library or the Harold B. Lee Library has purchased a subscription. Most subscription licenses require off-campus access to be limited to a specific user group. Patrons without a BYU NetID are welcome to use these resources by visiting the library premises.

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Copyright Law Titles in the Law Library's book collections

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