William S. Strong

William S. Strong is a Partner at Kotin, Crabtree, and Strong, LLP, Boston, and a leading authority on copyright and trademark issues.

  • The Copyright Book, Sixth Edition

    The Copyright Book, Sixth Edition

    A Practical Guide

    William S. Strong

    An accessible and comprehensive guide to copyright law, updated to include new developments in infringement, fair use, and the impact of digital technology.

    Through five editions since 1981, this book has offered the most comprehensive accessible guide available to all aspects of copyright law. Now, with the sixth edition, The Copyright Book has been thoroughly updated to cover copyright for the Internet age, discussing a range of developments in the law since 2000. The only book written for nonlawyers that covers the entire field of copyright law, it is essential reading for authors, artists, creative people in every medium, the companies that hire them, users of copyrighted material, and anyone with an interest in copyright law from a policy perspective.

    New material includes greatly expanded coverage of infringement and fair use, with detailed discussion of recent decisions, including the Grateful Dead, Google, and HathiTrust cases. The new edition considers such topics as open access, the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), file sharing, e-reserves, the status of “orphan works,” and the latest developments under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The sixth edition also brings up to date The Copyright Book's plain English explanation of such fundamental topics as authorship and ownership; transfers and licenses of copyright; copyright notice; registration of copyright (including the new online registration and “preregistration” systems); the scope of rights included in copyright, and exceptions to those rights; “moral rights”; compulsory licenses; tax treatment of copyright; and international aspects of copyright law.

    As copyright issues grow ever more complicated, The Copyright Book becomes ever more indispensable.

    • Hardcover $25.00 £20.00
    • Paperback $25.00 £20.00
  • The Copyright Book, Fifth Edition

    The Copyright Book, Fifth Edition

    A Practical Guide

    William S. Strong

    Updated to include recent judicial and legislative decisions and debates concerning publication on the Web and other new media.

    As copyright issues grow more complicated, this guide to US copyright law becomes ever more indispensable. The fifth edition has been updated to include recent judicial and legislative decisions concerning copyright and the debates surrounding publication on the Web and other new media. What continue to distinguish the book are the author's common sense and his ability to express complex issues and judicial decisions in language that the lay reader can understand and even enjoy.

    • Hardcover $40.00 £32.00
  • The Copyright Book, Second Edition

    A Practical Guide

    William S. Strong

    This book by a lawyer who specializes in copyright gives practical advice in plain language on current copyright law and practice. He defines the rights of both originators and users and describes the varieties of materials – literary, scientific, musical, filmic – that can be registered. Information on registration, protection, licensing, and transfer of copyright is included along with a chapter covering copyright of works created prior to the revised 1978 law.

    Most of the changes in this new edition are updates of legal issues. The section on the copyright of software has been expanded, and the problems of copyright in computer music are also addressed. Other updated areas include: the amount of originality required for a derivative work to be eligible for copyright, copyrighting of confidential materials, artists' rights in their works after sale, the Betamax decision on home copying of televised material, and the status of literary works manufactured outside the United States. The forms and other supplementary data in the appendixes have all been updated as well.

    • Hardcover $16.95
    • Paperback $8.95
  • The Copyright Book

    A Practical Guide

    William S. Strong

    This is the (copyrighted) work of a lawyer who specializes in copyright cases, but it is written in on-legalese for laymen—particularly for creative people—who have had only slight or no acquaintance with detailed points of law. The book lucidly explains how a variety of works—written literary, scholarly, and scientific material, music and dance scores, blueprints, and the many forms of visual art among them—can be protected through copyright by their creators. Conversely, since whatever the law does not keep safe for the creator is given over to the public, the author also makes clear what the rights of the would-be user or reproducer of these works are.

    The book takes the reader through the intricacies of the 1976 copyright law, which came into effect in January 1978, although those parts of the old law that will continue to affect works that were copyrighted under the old statute are also explained in detail.

    The basic boundaries of the law are presented as are definitions of key terms, such as “fixation” (the process by which a creation is made perceivable or tangible), “originality,” and “expression” (which includes the tenet that ideas are not copyrightable, only the forms of their expression). This leads to an explanation of joint ownership, subsidiary rights, registration of a claim, transfer procedures, compulsory licenses, infringement and “fair use,” the application of tax laws to copyrights, international aspects, and other pertinent topics.

    Much practical legal advice is offered over the course of the book. The reader is taught what to watch for in copyright contracts, how to secure a copyright, and even what form to fill out in a given situation. The author is careful to present the penalties pitfalls that await the unregistered.

    • Hardcover $12.50