Music laws and copyrights
Where can I find simple laws on cd
duplication and digital duplication (such as
itunes music). For instance, sharing cds
with friends, backing up cds, etc.?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: Music laws and copyrights
You do have the luxury of one-stop shopping when it comes to copyright law: the federal Copyright Act is exclusive, so there are no state laws to consider. You can find any federal statute online at the Cornell site (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode)
and find statutes both by their popular name or by the title and section number if you know it. The Copyright Act is in Title 17.
That said, you won't readily discover the answer to your question in the statute. Quick answer on duplication is that you are entitled to make a copy for back-up purposes of any CD (software, recording, etc.) but may not distribute any copies in any medium (e.g., digital file sharing, giving CD copies to friends and family).