Core Copyright

Copyright essentials for everyday creators

Comparing Core Copyright & Copycense

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Core Copyright and Copycense are complimentary publications that focus on the law and business of creativity and the content that results from it. These publications, however, differ in some substantive ways. This entry summarizes the differences.

Audience & Content

Both publications share editorial staff, but the each publication has a distinct focus.

Core Copyright is geared toward people who have little or basic knowledge about American copyright law, policy, and history, and want to learn more about these issues from informative and unbiased source. The information in Core Copyright is presented with an emphasis on explaining, educating, and simplifying, and will focus on understanding select statutory provisions of U.S. copyright law. The level of the information provided on Core Copycense ranges from essential to intermediate.

Copycense, on the other hand, presumes the reader has an intermediate to advanced understanding of copyright issues, both domestically and internationally. The content on Copycense is much more scholarly, theoretical, and technical than ever will appear on Core Copyright. Thus, the level of the information provided on Copycense ranges from intermediate to advanced.


For a variety of reasons, we have declined to allow public comments on Copycense. We will continue that policy on that publication.

Here on Core Copyright, however, we will allow substantive questions and comments about the material we publish. We also welcome and appreciate comments that question or challenge what we have written. We will moderate all comments, however, and we reserve the right not to publish any comment. Comments that are unrelated to the post, offensive, or do nothing but rant without any factual basis will not be posted.


Because of the influence treaties and trade agreements have on U.S. copyright law and policy, Copycense necessarily delves into research, analysis, and commentary of international issues. Core Copyright will focus exclusively on U.S. law, focusing on the Copyright Act of 1976 and, where appropriate, the Copyright Act of 1909 [.pdf].

Both publications execute and maintain a commitment to the highest scholarly and editorial standards. Occasionally, Core Copyright will refer to Copycense where the latter already has covered an intermediate to advanced topic.

© Copyright 2009, Core Copyright


Written by K Matthew Dames

11/23/2009 at 09:00

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