Copyright Law, Ninth Edition

Copyright and Trademark and Intellectual Property

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Michael W. Carroll, Peter Jaszi, Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer and Tyler Ochoa


Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of LexisNexis, 2013


The authors have updated the Copyright Law casebook in this ninth edition with the most current developments.

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Copyright law is increasingly becoming globalized and technology driven and this casebook deals comprehensively with such issues in a straightforward manner. This casebook covers the most recent developments in the fast paced world of copyright law.

Main Points

  • The one constant in copyright law is change and this textbook covers copyright as it has changed and is changing yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
  • The book focuses especially on the digital technologies that are reshaping people’s lives in all areas and what that means for copyright law.
  • The book begins with the “landscape of copyright” and delves into copyright’s historical underpinnings, what separates copyright from other kinds of intellectual property, and where globalization and digital technology are leading copyright in the future.
  • Chapters 2 and 3 of the book cover the requirements of copyrightable work and what kinds of work are copyrightable.
  • Chapters 4 through 6 of the book delve into the “mechanics” of copyright law; notions such as ownership, transfer, duration, termination, publication, and formality.
  • Chapter 7 focuses on the Copyright Act of 1976.
  • Chapters 8 and 9 focus on what happens when a copyright is infringed and the growing area of “secondary liability.”
  • Chapter 10 is about fair use and other affirmative defenses in copyright law while Chapter 11 covers the remedies available in state and federal law.
  • Chapter 12, the final chapter, looks into the future of copyright law as the digital revolution takes hold.
  • Recent statutes covered by the book include: Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 and the Copyright Cleanup, Clarification, and Corrections Act of 2010.


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