Copyright Act of 1976
- An update to the U.S. copyright law that replaced the previous 1909 act. It brought about various changes, such as eliminating the need for copyrighted works to be deposited with the Library of Congress. The act expanded the term of copyright to extend to the author's lifespan plus an additional 50 years, barring some exceptions. Furthermore, it expanded the categories of materials eligible for copyright to include items such as musical, literary, and dramatic works, choreographic works and pantomimes, graphic, pictorial, and sculptural works, audiovisual works including movies, sound recordings, and computer software. It also defined the concept of fair use, laid down guidelines for copyright notice display, supervised the licensing of copyrighted work for cable TV and jukeboxes via the Copyright Royalty Tribunal, imposed restrictions on the use of copyrighted material by libraries and educational institutions, and introduced a review mechanism for computer software-related matters
- In a legal dispute, the Copyright Act of 1976 was referenced to highlight the infringement on intellectual property.
- The Copyright Act of 1976 protects software developers by ensuring their work cannot be used without their permission.
- Under the Copyright Act of 1976, if a person uses a music track for commercial purposes without the artist's permission, they could be subject to legal ramifications.