Chapters title 17 of the united states code chapter 1 subject matter and scope of copyright chapter 2 copyright ownership and transfer. As with many legal doctrines the effectiveness of copyright law in achieving its stated purpose is a matter of debate works subject to copyright law the united states copyright law protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium including literary dramatic musical artistic and other intellectual works this protection . Revision of copyright law title 17 of the united states code and for other pur poses october 19 1976 o legislative branch appropriation act 1978 pub l no 95 94 91 stat 653 682. History of copyright law of the united states jump to navigation jump to search the this act extended the original copyright term from 14 years to 28 years with an option to renew and changed the copyright formality requirements the law of the confederate states of america on copyright was broadly the same as that of the existing . Otherwise only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner under federal copyright law although federal copyright law commonly provides basis for infringement claims misuse of a copyright may under the right circumstances also give rise to causes of action under other statutes or the common law
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