The U.S Copyright Office was established in 1870 under the purview of the Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright law is complex and multifaceted. This office serves as administrator to these set of laws including but not limited to copyright registration, recording licenses, and acting as an advisor to Congress in relation to issues related to copyright both nationally and internationally.
It is important to be aware of the areas of copyright law that pertain to sources used for educational and professional use in the academic realm. This not only protects the integrity of intellectual property being used by educators but also that of the content created by the educators themselves-such as scholarly papers, presentations, curriculum, and more.
To find out more about the U.S. Copyright Office please review their mission statement below. Click on the image for further reading about the history of the office since 1870.
Historical documents and publications related to U.S. Copyright Law
Created by the Association of Research Libraries
A general overview of copyright from the Library of Congress
Current Copyright Laws under Title 17 of the United States Code.
FAQ section from U.S. Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office's modernization project that is working on updating their IT system to streamline all recording and documenting processes related to copyright.