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Legal Literature of Haiti, by Crawford M. Bishop & Anyda Marchant, extract from Guide to the Leg. Lit. of Cuba, D.R. & Haiti, pp. 210-270 & 276.


U.S. Copyright Law, Title 17 c i r c u l a r 9 2 Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Tıtle 17 of the United States Code d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 1 The Constitutional Provision Respecting Copyright The Congress shall have Power … To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Tımes to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8 Dedication This edition is dedicated to Marybeth Peters, the eleventh Register of Copyrights of the United States, who served in that capacity from 1994 until the end of 2010. As the Register of Copyrights for over sixteen years, she was instrumental in the consideration and enactment of most of the forty amendments to Title 17 that were enacted during her tenure, including the most recent amendments incorporated into this edition. Her advice and counsel on copyright law and policy matters were, and continue to be, valued by Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and by the copyright community at large. Preface This volume contains the text of title 17 of the United States Code, including all amendments enacted through December 9, 2010, in the second session of the 111th Congress. This publication includes the Copyright Act of 1976 and all sub- sequent amendments to copyright law; the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, as amended; and the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, as amended. The Copyright Office is responsible for registering intellectual property claims under all three. The United States copyright law is contained in chapters 1 through 8 and 10 through 12 of title 17 of the United States Code. The Copyright Act of 1976, which provides the basic framework for the current copyright law, was enacted on October 19, 1976, as Pub. L. No. 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541. The 1976 Act was a com- prehensive revision of the copyright law in title 17. Listed be

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