Cases of copy right laws

1834: Wheaton v. Peters
The case upheld the power of Congress to make a grant of copyright protection subject to conditions and rejected the doctrine of a doctrine common law copyright. For specifics on the case view (http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/33/591/)

1841: Folsom v. Marsh and 1853: Stowe v. Thomas

These cases are commonly considered to be the first fair use case in the United States. For specifics on this case view (http://www.yalelawtech.org/wp-content/uploads/FolsomvMarsh1841.pdf)

1973: Williams and Wilkins Co. v. United States
In this case the decision held that it was a fair use for libraries to photocopy articles for use by patrons engaged in scientific research. For specifics on this case view (http://fairuse.stanford.edu/case/c487f2d1345/)

1983: Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp. v. Crooks
In this case the District Court ruled that making off-the-air copies of publicly broadcast television programs does not constitute fair use even if it is intended for a non-commercial and charitable purpose. For specifics on this case view (http://fairuse.stanford.edu/case/encyclopedia-britannica-educ-corp-v-crooks/)

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