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Researching Copyright Law: Books, Practice Guides, and Encyclopedias

A guide to resources on copyright law available at Brooklyn Law School.

Recent Books

Legal Encylopedias

There are two commonly-used encyclopedias, American Jurisprudence (AmJur) and Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS), that are good sources of general information on a particular subject. Legal encylopedias contain general discussions of legal issues with citations to case law across jurisdictions. Both sets are located in the library on the 2nd floor near the Federal and State Reporters.  They can also be accessed on Westlaw and Lexis.

American Jurisprudence 2d

AmJur has a comprehensive section on Copyright and Literary Property. It addresses the scope and subject matter of copyright protection, notice and registration, duration and renewal, as well as civil and criminal liability for infringement.

Some other sections of interest may include:

  • Accountant's rights to retain data created, Accountants § 14
  • Aliens' rights to copyright protection, Aliens and Citizens § 2629
  • Architectural plans, property rights in, Architects § 11
  • Conversion of written and printed matter, Conversion § 12
  • Execution, copyrights as subject to levy and sale under, Executions and Enforcements of Judgments § 159
  • Jurisdiction of suits by copyrights holder for recovery of damages, Federal Courts § 2295
  • Security interests in copyright, law governing perfection and priority of, Secured Transactions § 113
  • Taxation: copyright as affected by or affecting federal laws as to, Federal Taxation § 168

Corpus Juris Secundum

CJS covers the basic principles of copyright law, including laws specific to particular works. It also addresses ownership, duration, transfer, and termination, as well as principles of infringement and remedies.