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Intellectual Property Research: Copyright

Copyright Law

Copyright Law derives from the Copyright Clause of the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, which states:

“The Congress shall have Power [. . .] To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries”.

Researching Copyright Cases

Copyright Reporters

Copyright Treatises

Finding cases on databases

Copyright Database Portals

Consider the portals and practice centers on Lexis, Westlaw and BloombergLaw to be like one-stop shopping for your legal research. These sources contain all types of research sources including primary sources, secondary sources and practice-oriented materials like forms.

Finding Materials on LEAGLE

Copyright materials are available in the Reserve Collection on the 1st Floor and the General Collection in the 2nd Floor. You can use the law library catalog, LEAGLE to find materials as well.

Selected Copyright Subject Headings: