Chapter 5 -- The Reproduction Right and the Right to Prepare Derivative Works

The copyright act provides ‘‘Anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner as provided by sections 106 through 122 . . . is an infringer of the copyright. . . .’’ In previous chapters, you have studied which works are subject to copyright protection. We now turn to the rights copyright owners receive and what constitutes infringement of those rights. This chapter contains the following decisions, listed in the order they are presented in the text. Click on any case name to see background information as well as the full court opinion.

Part A -- Reproduction

A.1 -- The Exact Copy
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A.2 -- The "De Minimis" Copy
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A.3(a) -- The Substantially Similar Copy: Copying in Fact
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A.3(b) -- The Substantially Similar Copy: Substantial Similarity
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Other Parts

Part B -- Derivative Works
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Part C -- Fictional Characters and the Reproduction and Derivative Work Rights
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Supplemental Material For This Chapter
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Cases Deleted From Previous Editions
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