U.S. copyright law[edit | edit source]
Definition[edit | edit source]
The Copyright Act grants copyright owners certain exclusive rights that, together, comprise the bundle of rights known as copyright. Under Section 106 of Title 17, the exclusive rights of the copyright owner include the right to do and to authorize any of the following: —
|“||(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords;
(5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes and pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and
Overview[edit | edit source]
These rights are subject to certain limitations that are defined in Sections 107 through 122 of the Copyright Act.
The 1976 Act for the first time includes a right of copyright owners both "to do and to authorize" the various exclusive rights of copyright ownership. The legislative history of this provision explains that "use of the phrase 'to authorize' is intended to avoid any questions as to the liability of contributory infringers.”
U.S. patent law[edit | edit source]
|“||the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States, and, if the invention is a process, of the right to exclude others from using, offering for sale or selling throughout the United States, or importing into the United States, products made by that process, referring to the specification for the particulars thereof||”|
for a period of 20 years from the date of the patent application. One who engages in any of those acts without the permission of the patentee during the term of the patent can be held liable for infringement.
This right is often characterized as a “monopoly.” But it is a limited monopoly, since the patent owner has no right to make, sell, use or import his own invention if in doing so he would infringe another patent.
References[edit | edit source]
- 17 U.S.C. §106.
- House Report, at 61.
- 35 U.S.C. §154(a)(1).
- Id. at §154(a)(2).
- Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Stiffel Co., 376 U.S. 225, 229, 140 U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 524, 527 (1964)(full-text).