3.1. United States Copyright Law and Copyright Registration

United States copyright protection springs from the United States Constitution which gives Congress the right to promote:

the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries (U.S. Constitution, Art. 1, sec. 8 ).

The words Authors’ Rights to their Writings refers to copyright law. Congress relies on this constitutional power when it enacts and amends copyright laws. The words Inventors’ Right to their Discoveries refers to patent law, a topic not treated in this reference book. ...

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