Copyright Act Of 1976

Copyright Act of 1976
a. Expanded subjects of copyright to include literary works, musical works, dramatic works, pantomimes, choreographic work, pictorial, graphic, sculptural work, motion pictures, other audiovisual works, and sound recordings.
b. The 1976 Act provided that federal copyright protection would run from the work's creation, unlike in the 1790, 1831, and 1909 Acts.
c. Protection would last until 50 years after the author's death. It extended the length of copyright protection to the life of the author plus 50 years and 75 years in the area of corporate authorship.
d. It also set up the Doctrine of Fair Use. The factors that determine whether it is fair use or not is as follows:
i. The purpose and character of the use (commercial or educational, transformative or reproductive);
ii. The nature of the copyrighted work (fictional or factual, the degree of creativity);
iii. The amount and substantiality of the portion of the original work used; and
iv. The effect of the use upon the market (or potential market) for the original work.

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