Westlaw Resources for Copyright, Intellectual Property

March 15, 2009

Two of the most common Copyright resources we offer customers are Patry on Copyright (PATRYCOPY) and Copyright Registrations (COPYRIGHT). But, are you familiar with these often overlooked copyright resources?

Copyright Circulars: Federal Intellectual Property Copyright Office Circulars and Factsheets provide excellent, plain-English overviews of copyright issues. Westlaw users have full text searching available in the FIP-CPYINFO database. For example, the power of Westlaw searching and linking allows the search for ti(copyright /3 notice) to find documents explaining requirements for affixing the © symbol (as well as links to relevant regulations).

Comprehensive Legislative Histories: Arnold and Porter has comprehensive history of the last major revision of the Copyright Act at COPYREV76-LH.

Other Treatises: Keeping in mind that many copyright issues are often litigation or licensing related issues, don’t forget to check out these key treatises: Copyright Litigation Handbook (COPYLITIG), Copyright Law in Business and Practice (COPYLBP), Corporate Counsels Guide to Copyright Law (CCGCOPYR), Intellectual Property in the Digital Millennium (CIPDM). A good place to locate these treatises is IDEN – do a Natural Language search for copyright.

International: Copyright Throughout the World (COPYWORLD) provides an overview of copyright law for countries from Australia to the United Kingdom