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Copyright Law: Current Awareness

This guide provides an overview of materials available through the Hamilton County Law Library and online that are useful in researching the copyright status of a work and the law of copyright.

About this Guide

This guide surveys materials available at the Hamilton County Law Library and freely available online that are useful in registering a copyright, researching the copyright status of a work, and learning about the law of copyright.

DisclaimerHamilton County Law Library staff, as a service to its patrons, provides reference services and information, including these research guides. To protect the public interest, Ohio law requires that legal advice and services be rendered only by qualified attorneys who are subject to the guidelines of the courts. Library staff members do not interpret the law, provide legal advice, or explain court procedures. The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney.  None of our services shall be construed as giving legal advice.


Copyright Alliance Blog

The Copyright Alliance is a nonprofit, non-partisan, public interest, and educational organization representing artists, creators, and innovators across the specturm of copyright disciplines.  This blog reports on copyright related issues, events, and articles including a 'Weekly Copyright Issues Wrapup'  that provides a copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).

Fairly Used Blog

This blog is part of the Stanford University Copyright and Fair Use Website.  It comments on current issues in copyright that are especially relavant to the education and library community.

OSU Copyright Corner

Authored by Ohio State University Libraries Copyright Resources Center


Lesley Ellen Harris@copyrightlaws

Ms. Harris is a copyright lawyer, author end educato.r

Nancy Sims@ CopyrightLibn

Ms. Sims, a JD/MLIS, is the copyright librarian at the University of Minnesota.

CopyrightLaw @CopyrightLaw

Author, MIchael Scott, is a professor at Southwestern Law School

OSU Copyright

Authored by the Copyright Resources Center at OSU Libraries

Kenneth Crews@kcrews

Mr. Crews is a copyright lawyer and author.

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