Research Guides

Copyright Seminar

You may contact Maxine Grosshans, the course liaison, for research-related questions at

Getting Started | Journals and Law Reviews | Databases | Brief Bibliography of Print Resources | Primary Authorities | Agencies, Associations, and NGOs | Additional Electronic Resources |

Getting Started

As with any project, unless you are already knowledgeable about the topic area, it is best to start with introductory resources and then to consult more focused works - moving from secondary to primary resources.

Articles and books can provide you with an overview of your topic and help you to think of search terms that you might not have thought of otherwise. They will also cite primary authorities such as statutes and case law. You can then use the primary sources cited in the secondary sources as a jumping off point to find other primary sources.

Journals and Law Reviews

The two main indexes to law journals and Legal Trac and Index to Legal Periodicals & Books (which includes books as well).

These indexes include references to many journals not included in Westlaw or Lexis databases and in some cases provide electronic access to the full text . Each of these online indexes has a parallel print version: The Current Law Index [K33.C87] and the Index to Legal Periodicals [K9.N32] are shelved near the print journals on Level 1. The Index to Legal Periodicals is particularly helpful for finding articles prior to 1980.

HeinOnline is another source for PDF/full text articles. Over 1,500 journals have been scanned and posted - usually from volume 1. The default search is by Citation but this database is also searchable by author, title, and text. Once you have selected the Law Journal Library, use the Search tab and then Field Search option located at the upper left corner of the screen. It offers the best way to search.

Most print journals are shelved on Level 1 of the library - in alphabetical order by journal title. Many of these titles also have an electronic version. use the e-journals link on the library web page or ask a librarian for help.

Here is a list of electronic journals that might help you research Copyright issues:


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Brief Bibliography

The following is a partial list of the Copyright Seminar related materials available in the Thurgood Marshall Law Library. The material is listed by main entry with the title and/or author information in bold type. The Library also contains a complete set of United States Codes, Statutes at Large, Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.

Donald S. Passman. All You Need to Know About the Music Business. 7th ed. New York: Free Press, 2008. [READING ROOM ML3790.P35 2009].

Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and Fair Use. Edited and with an introduction by Steve Westbrook. Albany: SUNY Press, c2009. [ KF3020.C66 2009 ]

Computer Games and Virtual Worlds: a New Frontier in Intellectual Property Law, Ross A. Dannenber [et al.] Chicago: American Bar Association, Sect. of Intellectual Property Law, c2010. [KF3024.C6 C625 2010]

Bruce A. Lehman. The Conference on Fair Use: Final Report to the Commissioner on the Conclusion of the Conference on Fair Use. Washington, DC: Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights of the Information Infrastructure Task Force, [1998]. [KF3030.1.L44 1998 ]

TyAnna K. Herrington. Controlling Voices: Intellectual Property, Humanistic Studies, and the Internet. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2001. [ KF3030.1.H47 2001]

Stephen Fishman. Copyright and the Public Domain. New York: Law Journal Press, c2008. [ KF3022.F57]

Copyright Law in a Nutshell, Mary LaFrance. 2d ed. St. Paul, MN: West, c2011 [READING ROOM KF2994.L34 2011]

John W. Hazard, Jr. Copyright Law in Business and Practice. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998- . [ KF2994.H35 1998]

Siva Vaidhyanathan. Copyrights and Copywrongs: the Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity. New York: New York University Press, 2001. [ Z642.V35 2001 ]

Ruth Towse. Creativity, Incentive, and Reward : an Economic Analysis of Copyright and Culture in the Information Age. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar, 2001. [ Z581.T69 2001 ]

Entertainment Law for the General Practitioner, X.M. Frascogna, Jr., Shawnassey B. Howell, and H. Lee Hetherington. Chicago: Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, ABA, 2011. [KF4290.E578 2011]

Albrecht Reber. Film Copyright, Contracts, and Profit Participation. Weinheim; Cambridge : Wiley-VCH, 2000. [ K1474.A20R12 2000.]

Lucas Hilderbrand. Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. [ KF 3030.4.H55 2009 ]

Raymond T. Nimmer. The Law of Computer Technology: Rights, Licenses, Liabilities. 4th ed. [St. Paul, Minn.]: West, c2009. [ KF 390.5.C6N55 2009 ]

Robert W. Gomulkiewicz. Licensing Intellectual Property: Law and Application. Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Xuan-Thao Nguyen, Danielle Conway. 2nd ed. New York: Aspen Pub., 2011. [ KF3145.G66 2011]

Melville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer. Nimmer on Copyright: a Treatise on the Law of Literary, Musical and Artistic Property, and the Protection of Ideas. New York: M. Bender, 1978- . [ KF2991.5.N5 1982]

Mark A. Fischer, E. Gabriel Perle, & John Taylor Williams. Perle & Williams on Publishing Law. Gaithersburg [Md.]: Aspen Law & Business, 1999- . [ KF2750.P4323 v. 1 & v. 2 ]

Perspectives on Commercializing Innovation, edited by F. Scott Kieff, Troy A. Paredes. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge U.P., 2012 [K1401.P467 2012]

Lawrence Lessig. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. New York: Penguin Press, 2008. [KF3020.L47 2008 ]

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall. The Soul of Creativity: Forging Moral Rights Law For the United States. Stanford, CA: Stanford Law Books, c2010. [ KF3012.K85 2010]

M. William Krasilovsky and Sidney Shemel. This Business of Music: the Definitive Guide to the Music Industry. New York: Billboard Books, 2000. [ ML3790.S5 2000]

Jörg Reinbothe & Silke von Lewinski. The WIPO treaties 1996 : the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty : commentary and legal analysis. [London] : Butterworths, 2002. [K1401 1996.W67 2002]

Government & Legislative History Documents:

Alan Latman and James F. Lightstone, eds. The Kaminstein Legislative History Project : a Compendium and Analytical Index of Materials Leading to the Copyright Act of 1976. Littleton, Colo.: Published for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and New York University School of Law by F.B. Rothman, 1981. GEN STACKS KF2989.56.A16K35 (4 vols.) (This is a compiled legislative history of the 1976 Act.)

House Committee on International Relations. Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade. Costs of Internet piracy for the music and software industries : hearing before the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, second session, July 19, 2000. Washington : U.S. G.P.O. : [U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office, distributor], 2000 [i.e. 2001]. GOVDOC Y 4.IN 8/16:IN 8/20.

Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Music on the Internet: Is There an Upside to Downloading? : Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session, July 11, 2000. Washington : U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [Congressional Sales Office], 2001. GOVDOC Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.106-1060. Also available electronically at

House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property. Copyrighted Webcast Programming on the Internet: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session, June 15, 2000. Washington : U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office, 2000. GOVDOC Y 4.J 89/1:106/119.

House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property. Collections of Information Antipiracy Act: Hearing before ... 106th Congress, 1st Session, on H.R. 354, March 18, 1999. Washington, DC : U.S. G.P.O., 2000. GOVDOC Y4.J 89/1:106-54.

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Primary Authorities

Legislative Materials

Administrative Materials

Judicial Materials

Foreign & International Legal Materials

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Agencies, Associations, and Non-Governmental Organizations

Additional Electronic Resources

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This Course Research Page was created by Sara Kelley and modified by Maxine Grosshans Spring 2014.

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