Copyright Timeline


Licensing Act of 1662


As an attempt to control publications from increasing numbers or presses and printers,England's Crown established a register of licensed books.Administered by the Stationars' Company, they were given power to seize material hostile to the Church or Government.(The Library of Congress,2010)

Statute of Anne The British Parliament


Under Queen Anne's reign,reconize rights of authors and established copyright which prevents monopoly of the bookseller.Known as an act for the encouragement of learning,the Statute of Anne creates "Public Domain" which limits terms of copyright and ensures limited control by the author over its use once a work is purchased.(The Liabrary of Congress,2010)

Act of the Encouragement of Literature and Genius Noah Webster


author of american spelling book,successfully lobbies Connecticut lagislature to pass a coopyright statute,the first in the United States.(The Library of Congress,2010)

Copyright Law Georga Washington


george washington signed the first copyright bill into law protecting books,maps,and charts for a term of 14 years.Copyright can be renewed for an aditional 14 years.

Second Revision of Copyright Law


President Ulysses S. Grant signs into law provisions that two copies of all copyrighted works be registered and deposited in The Library of Congress thereby a source for assembling the largest repository of works.Materials copyrighted now also include photographs and music.

Government printing Office (Printing Act)


President Grover Cleveland signs the Printing Act.This Act centralizes printing of government documents and prohibits copyrighting of government publications.

Copyright Office Seprated from the library of congress


the copyright office is established.A Register of Copyrights position is created.

Third Revision of Copyright Law


This revision extends copyright terms to 28 years and broadens copyright material to " all the wrightings of an author"

Third revision Broadens


broadcens subject matter to include all writings of an author.Also extends renewal terms from 14 to 28 years.

First nin acts Congress enacts


nine special acts extending renewal terms on copyrighted works to december 31, 1976.Works that were scheduled to expire between this date and December 31,1976 were included.

Fourth revision President Ford


fourth revision of copyright law in 1976 that becomes effective in 1978.Copyright works created on or after this date are now protected for the life of the author plus 50 years after death.

Computer Software Act


computer program is defined and copyright law amended to clarify protection afforede computer software

Sonny Bono Act


copyright protection is now extended for most works for the life of the author plus 70 years after author's death.

Digital Millennium Act


implement treaties signed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva conference,Hightlights include:limiting infringment liabilites for ISP's,an exemption for temporar software reproduction in the course of maintenance or repair

TEACH-Technology,Education,Copyright Hermonization Act


provides for use of copyright works by educational instutions in distance education.