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    U.S. Constitution “The Congress shall have the Power …  To promote the Progress of Science  and the useful Arts, by securing for  limited Times to Authors and Inventors  the exclusive Right to their respective  Writings and Discoveries.”
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    Copyright Law of 1976 The primary federal law on U.S.  copyright
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    A bundle of legal rights  Copyright is the copyright holder’s right  to copy or reproduce a work, to  authorize adaptations, to distribute  copies, and to perform and display a  work publicly.
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    What is protected? U.S. copyright law protects “original  works of authorship fixed in any tangible  medium of expression.”
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    What is protected? Copyright law protects the expression –  the way the words are put together on  the page, for example – but not the  facts or ideas conveyed.  Quality does  not matter. 
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    Public domain Works that are not protected by  copyright are said to be in the  public domain.  They can be  used by any person for any  reason.
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    How long does it last? Works created in 1978 or later: the life  of the author plus 70 years.  If the work  has corporate authorship: 95 years from  the time of publication or 120 years from  the time of creation, whichever is  shorter. Works published before 1923 are in the  public domain now.
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    How to prove infringement? Prove the infringer had access to the 
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