• The Copyright Principles Project
  • October 4, 2010 | Authors: Katherine C. Spelman; Michael Traynor
  • Law Firm: Cobalt LLP - Berkeley Office
  • Copyright law performs a number of important functions. It facilitates public access to knowledge and a wide range of uses of creative works of authorship, and, in so doing, it helps educate our populace, enrich our culture, and promote free speech, free expression, and democratic values. It provides opportunities for rights holders to recoup investments in creating and disseminating their works and to enjoy the fruits of whatever success arises from the public’s uses of their works. In the process, copyright also plays a role in regulating new technologies and services through which creative works may be accessed.