Copyrighting Creative Works - 2

The U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to “promote the progress of…useful arts.” In 1790 Congress passed the first Copyright Act protecting creators’ rights to books, maps and other intellectual property. Congress revised the law in the 19th century to centralize copyright deposits and registrations in the Library of Congress. The growing influx of materials—including photographs, films and foreign works—demanded larger quarters for the library to house the materials.