This article is from the Copyright Law FAQ, by Terry Carroll with numerous contributions by others.
The following is a list of materials relating to copyright that I have
been able to verify are available on the Internet.
- FATTY.LAW.CORNELL.EDU -
Most portions of the current copyright law have been made available by
Cornell University. To review the statute, enter the command
telnet fatty.law.cornell.edu 8210
and sign on with a user ID of "www." No password is necessary. This
will allow you to use the World Wide Web software to navigate the
copyright law. It also includes access to the Berne Convention.
- THE MULTILATERALS PROJECT -
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy maintains the Multilaterals
Project, an anonymous ftp site with a number of multilateral treaties, at
jade.tufts.edu. This archive includes versions of both the Berne
Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention. The treaties are in
directory /pub/diplomacy. The following files are of particular
README - A one-page description of the Multilaterals Project, by Peter
Stott, its director.
INDEX - An index of all the treaties and other documents available from
BH006-1971.txt - The 1971 Paris text of the Berne Convention for the
Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
UNTS11850.txt - The 1967 Stockholm text of the Berne Convention for the
Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. The United States is not a
party to the this text.
UNTS13444.txt - The 1971 Paris text of the Universal Copyright
In addition, The Berne Convention may also be viewed via telnet to
fatty.law.cornell.edu as noted above, under "STATUTES."
- THE CNI-COPYRIGHT MAILING LIST -
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) sponsors CNI-Copyright, an
Internet mailing list devoted to copyright issues. To join, send a
message to LISTSERV@CNI.ORG with a single line of text in the body that
SUBSCRIBE CNI-COPYRIGHT your name
If that doesn't work, send a message to CRAIG@CNI.ORG (Craig Summerhill)
and ask him to manually add you to the list. After joining, messages may
be sent to the list at CNI-COPYRIGHT@CNI.ORG.
Archives of the CNI-COPYRIGHT list are available and may be searched
online via telnet. To access them, telnet to a.cni.org, login with the
ID "brsuser" (no password is required), and follow the instructions
presented. CNI-COPYRIGHT archives are in the COPY database.
CNI is a not for profit corporation and is a joint project of the
Association of Research Libraries (ARL), CAUSE, and EDUCOM. It promotes
the creation of and access to information resources in networked
environments in order to enrich scholarship and to enhance intellectual
- COPYRIGHT GUIDE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS -
FTP site moink.nmsu.edu (184.108.40.206) has a repository, /pub/rec.photo,
for files related to photography. Among the files contained in this
directory is the Copyright Guide For Photographers, produced by the
American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. While the Guide is
particularly oriented towards photographers, much of the information it
provides will be of use to anyone interested in copyright. The file
asmp-copyright-guide is an ASCII version of this document. A TeX version
is also available, in asmp-copyright-TeX.tar.z.
- USENET NEWSGROUPS -
There are several newsgroups that from time to time discuss copyright
misc.legal: the main newsgroup covering legal issues, including copyright
misc.legal.moderated: A moderated analog to misc.legal, but moderated,
and probably with a higher signal-to-noise ratio as a result.
misc.int-property: Discussions of intellectual property; copyright,
patent, trademark and trade secrecy, and their alternatives.
misc.legal.computing: Legal issues related to computers. Copyright and
patent issues predominate.
comp.patents: Moderated newsgroup discussing issues related to computers
and patents, including software patents. The newsgroup is moderated by
firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Treloar). Please note that the focus
of this group is more on patent law than copyright law.
comp.software.licensing: Trends, practices, and techniques in software
gnu.misc.discuss: Discussions in this group frequently include issues of
software patents, copyright, and "copyleft."