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Reference chart determines copyright status of a given work.

Title 17 of the U.S. Code
Copyright law and related laws contained in Title 17 of the U.S. Code, with recent changes.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Fair Use

Circular 21
Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians

Copyright Office Publications

Copyright Guidelines and Policies from Library and Education Organizations

Copyright and Intellectual Property information 
Comprehensive site with legislation, guides, etc designed for the educational and research community.

CONTU (National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyright Works) Guidelines on Photocopying under Interlibrary Loan Arrangements

Digital Rights Management: A Guide for Librarians

ALA Copyright page

Brooklyn College Library Copyright Information page

Resources for Writers and Others

U.S. Copyright Office FAQ
Frequently asked questions about copyright, registration, and services of the Office.

How to Register Works
In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection.

Patents and Trademarks

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) exists "to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution).The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the Nation’s technological progress and achievement."

Policy & Law
Products & Services
How To
Find, Get, Report, Become, Get Answers; a catch all page brimming with useful links.
Inventor Support

Patent Database
Full text since 1976, full page images since 1790

Georgetown DNA Patent Database
"Serves as a resource for members of the general public interested in fields like genomics, genetics and biotechnology. The DNA Patent Database contains a collection of DNA-based patents and patent applications issued by the United State Patent and Trademark Office, and makes the full-text versions of such patents available at not cost to the public. This searchable database allows researchers to track data or trends of patents and patent applications in categories such as the date of issue, the inventor or the receipt of government funding."

Patent Law (Legal Information Institute)
A full set of resources federal law, court cases, links to international information

Patent and Trademark Research Guide
From the the New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library