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What are some limits to copyright protection?

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The 1976 Copyright Act clearly established the rights granted to a creator, which include the exclusive rights to reproduce, adapt, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display their work. However, there are restrictions placed on the rights of a creator as established by the “Fair Use” doctrine that was later added to the 1976 Copyright Act.

A judge has the power to excuse infringing acts upon a copyrighted work, as long as those acts fall under one of the following uses: criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Furthermore, the Copyright Act states a few instances where copyright protection does not fully apply, including specific uses for educational, religious, and charitable purposes.

For more information on intellectual property, please visit Patent, Trademark, Copyright Information.

The content of this article is not intended to be, and does not constitute, legal advice and does not create attorney-client privilege. Consult the attorney of your choice before embarking on any legal matter or any document preparation/filing.

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Dr. Thomas R. (Terry) Williamson III is a Patent Attorney practicing in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC
1870 The Exchange, Suite 100 - Atlanta, Georgia 30339