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Researching Copyright Law: Introduction

A guide to copyright law resources available through Brooklyn Law School.


In summer 2023, attorney and BLS Library volunteer Grace Pickering substantially revised this research guide.  Librarians originally developed this guide to assist students in Brooklyn Law School's Copyright Law course.  This guide focuses on free sources & additional sources available through BLS Library.  In guide boxes under "Casebooks" & "Treatises," books appear in alphabetical order.  We continue to add new resources.  When you access this guide in future, please reload this web page.  

In summer 2024, BLS librarians significantly enhanced the research guide: Art, Cultural Heritage & Law.  This guide links to the U.S. Copyright Office's free overviews on copyright for visual and graphic artists, musicians, and photographers.  It also links to guides and toolkits such as: Art and Artificial Intelligence (2024) by Göran Hermerén.  This guide also highlights BLS Library's new institutional subscription to materials from the Center for Art Law in DUMBO.

Need help identifying material to support your research?  Email: or text: (718) 734-2432

What's New: NFTs and Copyright

What's New: AI's Impact on Copyright

The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet has held multiple hearings on artificial intelligence and intellectual property, such as this April 10, 2024 hearing:

When Was This Guide Last Updated?

This LibGuide was last substantively updated:

On: July 17, 2024

At: 3:12 PM

By: Jean Davis

Copyright 101

Membership Opportunities for BLS Students

American Bar Association (ABA) "basic" law student membership is free

The New York City Bar Association has a $25 membership for current JD students (as of 07/17/24: the membership fee is $50 for LLM students).  Student members can apply to join committees, including the Copyright & Literary Property Committee. Most events are free to members or reduced price (or sometimes sponsored by BLS, which may mean you get in for free!).

Copyright and Culture