Legal Research in the Blogosphere – Copyright Blogs

Untitled drawing (4)Legal research can be challenging, even for experienced attorneys; however, there are many resources available to assist both attorneys and non-attorneys with their legal research needs.  The Legal Research in the Blogosphere series will share blog posts and online sites that legal researchers may find useful.

Copyright issues have always been topics of debate. With the constantly changing ways in which we create, share, access, obtain and save information and resources, copyright issues will likely remain a hot topic debate for years to come. If you want to learn more, check out these blogs about copyright issues and hot topics in copyright law.

Also, check out our earlier posts about and copyright law resources available in the Law Library!


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Copyright Resources Available at the Library

Untitled drawing (2)Last week, we celebrated World Book and Copyright Day! So, what better time than now to learn about the copyright resources available at the Law Library. Call numbers, when available, are included in parenthesis.

Check out these resources, which are available for your review at the Law Library!

If you are interested in going to source, check out these resources!

Are you more interested in “how-to” resources? Then check out these titles.

If you are looking for additional resources, the Law Library also provides users with access to LexisNexis, Westlaw and other online legal databases. Drop by the Law Library, and we can help get you started.

*If you prefer print resources, the Law Library has print copies available.


Copyright Fun

Untitled drawing (3)Yesterday, we published a post detailing many of the resources
available through the U.S. Copyright Office’s website, My favorite section of the website is the Copyright Lore section, which is a collection of fun facts related to the Copyright Office and its mission.

For example, did you know…

  • that the Copyright Card Catalog is housed in the world’s biggest card catalog. This catalog has 25,675 drawers with 45 millions cards. These 45 millions cards, if stacked, exceeds 2,000 miles in length.
  • that there have only been 12 Registers of Copyright since the inception of the Copyright Office?
  • that the Copyright Office issued a copyright registration for the “Statue of American Independence”, the original name of the Statue of Liberty” on August 31, 1876, ten years before the Statue of Liberty was erected in the New York Harbor?

If you are interested in learning about the history and important dates in copyright history, check out the website’s Copyright Timeline that starts with the 1710 enactment of the Statute of Anne in Great Britain and continues to the 2011 appointment of the Register of Copyrights.

For teachers, the Library of Congress website provides information about copyright and primary sources and an interactive program called “Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright” that includes information about the national and state education standards that the interactive program meets.

Next week, we will publish a post detailing the copyright law related resources available at the Law Library.



World Book and Copyright Day!

Untitled drawing (1)Today is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Book and Copyright Day. “This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance.”* In honor of World Book and Copyright Day, the Law Library will publish a series of four posts this week and next week related to copyright law. Today’s post topic is the website for the United States Copyright Office, which can be accessed at

Created by Congress in 1897, the Copyright Office is a department of the Library of Congress that administers the copyright registration system, provides basic copyright information services to the public and administers statutory licenses that manage and disperse certain monies to copyright owners. The Register of Copyrights, a position also created in 1897, is the director of the Copyright Office and works under the direction of the Librarian of Congress to carry out the Copyright Office’s legal and policy functions.

The Copyright Office’s website provides a wealth of information and resources for those interested in learning about copyright law and related policy issues, registering a copyright, recording a document or searching the Copyright Office’s records.

 The website’s main page highlights the following “How Do I…?” sections.

 The website is also a good source of research materials.

  • You can learn more about the law and policies regarding copyrights and other intellectual property law through access to the applicable U.S. Code provisions and regulations. There’s also a wealth of related information, such as historical documents, Congressional hearings, testimonies and past and open rulemaking proceedings.
  • Factsheets, such as factsheets on fees assessed by the Copyright Office, and Forms are available on the website.
  • You can access recent annual reports and policy studies. For example, you can read “Copyright and the Music Marketplace”, a study by the U.S. Copyright Office detailing the existing music licensing framework and providing recommendations for changes to the system. Links found on the webpage can lead you to related materials as well as any public comments.
  • You can keep up with the Copyright Office’s current events through Federal Register Notices, NewsNet and Press Releases.
  • You can access and download the full version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, which is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights that provides the Copyright Office with instruction regarding their statutory duties and provides copyright applicants, practitioners and other members of the public with guidance regarding institutional practices. 

If you have questions about how to use the resources available on, online tutorials are available that can guide your through completing your electronic copyright registration and searching the Copyright Office Catalog.** In addition, there are Frequently Asked Questions pages that addresses many topics of interest, such as how to register a work, privacy questions, use questions, information about the services available at the Copyright Office and mandatory deposits.


*Message dated April 23, 2014, from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, available at

**You may need access to PowerPoint or a PowerPoint reader to access these tutorials.