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The National Paralegal College has a convenient overview of intellectual property laws, including copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret.

Click here to visit the Legal Information Institute's electronic version of the United States Copyright Act of 1976.
  

Click here to visit the Legal Information Institute's electronic version of the Berne Convention. 

Click here for Sections 302-305 of the U.S. Copyright Act (covering the duration of copyright) prior to the adoption of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. 

Click here for Sections 302-305 of the U.S. Copyright Act (covering the duration of copyright) in effect after the adoption of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. 

Click here for the European Union's Directive 93/98/EEC, "harmonizing" the term of protection at that of the longest of any of its members (life plus 70 years) and mandating adoption of the "rule of the shorter term" by each member state. 

Click here to see Article 7 of the Berne Convention, which permits but does not require the discriminatory (non-national treatment) "rule of the shorter term." It is the European Union's mandatory adoption of this "rule of the shorter term," rather than the failure of the U.S. to extend the U.S. copyright term, that is the source of any "discrimination" against U.S. copyright owners. 

 
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