Copyright law does not apply just to teenagers downloading music, but to lawyers as well. Lawyers are good at giving advice, but do we take it gracefully and heed it well when it comes to compliance with copyright law? The starting point in understanding copyright obligations is knowing that copying of copyrighted works is generally infringement unless the copyist has either the right to do so (e.g., a license), a valid fair use defense or a specific legal exemption. What follows is a guide to good — and bad — copyright practice inside the law firm as highlighted by a few common situations.

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