When was copyright law established?

The new law is relatively limited in scope, protecting books, maps and graphics for only 14 years. Our editors will review what you submitted and determine if they should review the article. Delegates from 160 countries considered two treaties on international intellectual property law during a Diplomatic Conference convened in December 1996 in Geneva, Switzerland. We have also established a growing list of partner universities that guarantee LawShelf credit transfers, including Excelsior College, Thomas Edison State University, University of Maryland Global Campus, Purdue University Global, and DeVry University.

Registration is required before a lawsuit can be filed, and registration creates the possibility of further legal damages. Items that are seized during the course of the lawsuit may, if the plaintiff wins, be ordered to be destroyed as part of the final decree. Forty delegates signed a petition to downgrade UCITA from a “uniform law” to a “model law,” a measure that would eliminate the NCCUSL's obligation to promote the law in state legislatures. Westlaw and LexisNexis argued that adding metadata and collecting it into their databases constituted transformative fair use.

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), the body that introduced UCITA in 1999 and continues to promote its adoption by state legislatures, met in early August 2002. The term has come to mean that the set of exclusive rights granted by law to authors for the protection of their work. If you take so much, that the value of the original decreases significantly, or the works of the original author are appropriated substantially in a detrimental way by another, it is sufficient, from the point of view of the law, to constitute pro tanto piracy (my emphasis). It is a principle of American law that the author of a work can reap the fruits of his intellectual creativity for a limited period of time. The Act was intended to provide an incentive for authors, artists and scientists to create original works, providing creators with a monopoly.

At any time during the lawsuit, the court may order the seizure of any and all copies of the infringing products. ElcomSoft's lawyers argued that the actions at issue in the case occurred outside the U.S. Department of Education, and that the law prohibited tools that consumers could use for legitimate purposes, such as blind people who converted e-books into audio files to be read aloud by their computers. In July 1999, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) passed the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA, formerly UCC 2B).

UCITA is a state bill that seeks to create a unified approach to software and information licensing.