Since this week starts Slaw's First Theme Week, what better way of welcoming researchers than to provide a start to a pathfinder on Copyright research. We welcome comments to add to this list so that we could at the end build a resource that could have value beyond May Day.
To get the ball rolling I offer a few modest links, which demonstrate the richness of the materials available.
Let's start with doctrine: – Current copyright literature
Next to Genie Tyburski and the wonderful Virtual Chase – Virtual Chase Legal Research guide: Intellectual Property Law
From Slaw's own Ted Tjaden, some Canadian links – Intellectual Property Law – Canada
Pausing only to suppress my occasional cynicism about the length of time that Canada's policy-making on copyright has been going on, at least they have good resources explaining the process – Copyright Reform Process
A few comparative links: the United Kingdom – Copyright on the UK Patent Office Site
Next New Zealand – New Zealand Copyright Law
How to do research on Australian copyright law – Intellectual Property Research in Australia
Now two important US sites: first the authorized version – The US Copyright Office
Next, a wonderful site that reflects some of Larry Lessig's thinking at Stanford – The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
And finally, reflecting the fact that so much law in this area reflects not domestic policy-making, but hard-fought international consensus, an Index to what the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency has accomplished – WIPO Index
And to conclude with an American and a European take on international copyright, since I was just in Chicago, look at Irene Berkey's links – International Intellectual Property
and finally a European source (actually it's Swiss, but that's not obvious
And finally, a nice and quirky piece on the oddities of copyright called – Digital Copyright & Copywrong by Peter Jacso.
Now dear Slawers, what obvious links am I missing?