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Intellectual Property: Copyright

This Guide to Intellectual Property Resources will guide you to more information both here in the U.S. and worldwide. There are major sections below for the traditional categories of intellectual property: patents, trademarks and copyright.



Copyright Information - provided by the Library of Congress.

Copyright Clearance Center - This organization provides a mechanism to properly license the right to use copyrighted materials.

Her Majesty's Stationery Office's guidelines on Crown Copyright - The government of the United Kingdom retains copyright on most government documents. This can be compared to the position taken by the United States government, which does not copyright most federal publications.

Primary Sources on Copyright, 1450 -1900 - A history of copyright (from the invention of the printing press) in Renaissance Italy, France, German-speaking countries, Britain, and the USA.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provides copyright laws of UNESCO member states here




  • Intellectual property; patents, trademarks, and copyright in a nutshell by Arthur Miller and Michael Davis. Online on West Academic.


  • "Copyright law," by Joseph Beard and William H. Manz [Chapter 4] in Specialized legal research, edited by Penny Hazelton, 2014 ed.