In the United States, copyright law is primarily federal law. This guide focuses on primary law sources, including laws, cases, and regulations. Primary sources consist of documents that are the law. Primary sources are created by bodies with legal authority (e.g., courts, legislatures, administrative agencies).
Note: Bloomberg BNA, CCH / Wolters Kluwer, and HeinOnline are UW restricteddatabases. Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw are restricted to University of Washington School of Law faculty, students, and staff and others who have individual IDs and passwords.
Updated April 2016.
Prepared by Jonathan Franklin; updated by Sarah Reis (2016), Cheryl Nyberg (2015), Kristen Rowlett (2014), and Pegeen Mulhearn (2007).