Copyright Act of 1976

The Copyright Act of 1976 is a United States copyright law and remains the primary basis of copyright law in the United States, as amended by several later enacted copyright provisions.[citation needed] The Act spells out the basic rights of copyright holders, codified the doctrine of "fair use", and for most new copyrights adopted a unitary term based on the date of the author's death rather than the prior scheme of fixed initial and renewal terms. It became Public Law number 94-553 on October 19, 1976 and went into effect on January 1, 1978.[1]

Copyright Act of 1976
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act for the general revision of the Copyright Law, title 17 of the United States Code, and for other purposes
Enacted bythe 94th United States Congress
EffectiveJanuary 1, 1978
Public lawPub. L. 94–553
Statutes at Large90 Stat. 2541
Acts amendedCopyright Act of 1909
Titles amended17 (Copyright)
U.S.C. sections created17 U.S.C. §§ 101-810
U.S.C. sections amended44 U.S.C. §§ 505, 2113; 18 U.S.C. § 2318
Legislative history
Major amendments

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