Copyright Issues for a Legislative Audience

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Copyright is a complex set of intellectual property laws, designed to protect the rights of authors in their published and unpublished works.  Under federal and state copyright laws, authors can sue users who violate their rights without permission or compensation.  Legislative staff often have to deal with copyright questions, over what constitutes a fair use exception of materials or the extent to which materials are in the public domain and may be shared with the public.

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  • Mary Camp, director, Texas Legislative Reference Library


  • Kristin Ford, J.D., legislative librarian, Legislative Reference Library, Legislative Services Office, Idaho
  • Jon Heining, J.D., general counsel, Texas Legislative Council 

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