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Intellectual Property in the Managerial Portfolio by Thomas S. O'Connor

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Chapter 5

Copyrights: The Current U.S. Copyright Law and Its Provisions

Coverages and Exemptions

Changes in Copyright Coverage Have Come Thick and Fast in Recent Years

1. The amendments to the U.S. Copyright Law (17 USC 101 et seq.) that have been implemented since 1976 extended copyright protection to creative works beginning at the moment of their creation. They also extended copyright protection to recorded works such as motion pictures and recording of specific performances of pieces of music. In 1998, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) amended Section 104 of 17 USC to provide protection for computer programs against infringement. The owner of a work covered by the DMCA that is copied or used without the permission of the copyright ...

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