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Bellsouth vs. Donnelley

Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony

Copyright Code—A Linked Index

Feist Publications vs. Rural Telephone

Peter Veeck versus Southern Building Code Congress International Inc.,

Publications International  v. Meredith Corporation

Trade-Mark Cases, 100 U.S. 82 (1879)

U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8

Information on this site cannot be considered legal advice.  If you need legal advice on copyright, please consult an attorney or refer to one or more of the sponsor links on the right side of the page. Another place you might look is the US Copyright Office web site.

The copyright information on this site applies to U.S. Copyright, unless otherwise stated.

To Promote the Progress of Science and Useful Arts

According to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Feist), “The primary objective of copyright is not to reward the labor of authors, but ‘[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.’”

In its original usage in America, the word science referred to education.

Authors are assured, by copyright, to the right to use and copy their original expression. However, copyright is also intended to encourage others to build freely upon the ideas and information found in other works.  This principle applies to all works of authorship.

In most fields of research and study, whether it be academic, commercial, or hobby, the growth of knowledge is very dependent upon the efforts of other researchers.

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