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Biographies of the Registers of Copyrights

Biographies from the first Register of Copyright, Thorvald Solberg, born in 1897, through the current Register.

Copyright Law

This volume contains the text of title 17 of the United States Code, including all attachments enacted through June 30, 2009, in the first session of the 111th Congress. It includes the Copyright Act of 1976 and all subsequent amendments to copyright law; the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, as amended; and the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, as amended. The Copyright Office is responsible for registering claims under all three.

Copyright Law Revision Studies

This is a series of committee prints published by the Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights presenting studies prepared under the supervision of the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress with a view to considering a general revision of the copyright law (title 17, United States Code). United States Senate, Eighty-sixth Congress, first session pursuant to S. Res. 53, 1960.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports of the Register of Copyright, 1866 to present.

Announcements (MLs)

In 1969 the U.S. Copyright Office began a “Mailing List” to interested individuals to receive copyright-related announcements and certain Office publications. Over the years this encompassed announcements of adherents to international copyright treaties, information in the Federal Register, comings and goings of important Copyright Office personnel, and other items of interest to the copyright community. The MLs were discontinued in September 2003 with the publication of ML-761.

Copyright Articles in Wise Guide

Wise Guide is a monthly guide to the many fascinating and useful resources available from the Library of Congress's Website. These links show article related to copyright.

Copyright Lore

Copyright Lore contains articles of historical interest about copyright.

Other Reports and Publications

These are articles of general interest about copyright, including information on a centennial copyright exhibit, a general guide to the Copyright Act of 1976, a PhD thesis on copyright and the Library of Congress, and notable dates in American copyright (1783 to 1969), to name a few.