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Circular 92-Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code-October 2009

Circular 92-Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code-October 2009

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circular 92
Copyright Law of the United States
and Related Laws Contained in Tıtle 17 of the United States Code
october 2009
 
The Constitutional Provision Respecting Copyright
The Congress shall have Power
 
To promote the Progress of Scienceand useful Arts, by securing for limited Tımes to Authors and Inventorsthe exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
United States Constitution,
 
Article I,
 
Section 8
 
Preface
This volume contains the text of title 17 of the
United States Code
, including allamendments enacted through June 30, 2009, in the rst session of the 111thCongress. It includes the Copyright Act of 1976 and all subsequent amendmentsto copyright law; the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, as amended;and the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, as amended. The Copyright Ofce isresponsible for registering claims under all three.The United States copyright law is contained in chapters 1 through 8 and 10through 12 of title 17 of the
United States Code
. The Copyright Act of 1976, whichprovides the basic framework for the current copyright law, was enacted onOctober 19, 1976, as Pub. L. No. 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541. Listed below in chronologi-cal order of their enactment are subsequent amendments to copyright law.Chapters 9 and 13 of title 17 contain statutory design protection that is inde-pendent of copyright protection. Chapter 9 of title 17 is the Semiconductor ChipProtection Act of 1984 (
SCPA
), as amended. On November 8, 1984, the
SCPA
wasenacted as title
III
of Pub. L. No. 98-620, 98 Stat. 3335, 3347. Chapter 13 of title 17is the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (
VHDPA
). It was enacted on October 28,1998 as title V of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (
DMCA
), Pub. L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860, 2905. Subsequent amendments to the
SCPA
and the
VHDPA
 are also included in the list below, in chronological order of their enactment.Signicant copyright legislation enacted since the last edition of this circu-lar in October 2007 includes the Prioritizing Resources and Organization forIntellectual Property Act of 2008, Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendmentsof 2008, Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, and the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009. For more details, these statutes appear at the end of the chronological listbelow of statutory enactments contained in title 17 of the
United States Code
.For transitional and supplementary copyright provisions that do not amendtitle 17, see the appendices.
Statutory Enactments Contained in Title 17 of the
United States Code
[Copyright Act of 1976], Pub. L. No. 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541 (for the generalrevision of copyright law, title 17 of the
United States Code
, and for other pur-poses), October 19, 1976.Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-94, 91 Stat. 653, 682(amending §203 and §708, title 17,
United States Code
, regarding the depositof moneys by the Register of Copyrights in the Treasury of the United States),enacted August 5, 1977.

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