Welcome to digital-law-online.info, a web site created by Professor Lee A. Hollaar of the School of Computing at the University of Utah. Initially, this site provided supplementary material to Professor Hollaar's treatise "Legal Protection of Digital Information." It now contains an online version of that book and in the future will contain other online texts, as well as links to other sites useful in understanding law in the digital age.


This treatise by Professor Hollaar was published by BNA Books on November 26, 2002. The following material is available online:

You can also search the treatise using the University of Utah search engine by clicking on this button:



The National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU) was established by Congress, and operated between 1975 and 1978 to determine how the Copyright Act of 1976 should address computers and copy machines. On July 31, 1978, it issued its Final Report, which is frequently cited, but not readily available.

We have scanned a copy of the report and have converted it both to PDF and HTML files.

Bill Patry's treatise, "Copyright Law and Practice" (published by BNA Books in 1994, with a new edition coming out this year), is one of the most readable and comprehensive works on copyright law. BNA Books has given permission to include its excellent history of copyrights on this web site. You can find any section by using this Table of Contents.

Development of the treatise and this web site was supported in part by Summit Law Group, Lineo, and The Bureau of National Affairs and BNA Books.

If you have comments or suggestions about this web site, you can email them to . However, we are unable to provide legal advice or answer specific questions about the law.

This web site is hosted by the School of Computing at the University of Utah, and is subject to this disclaimer.

Last updated: 04-19-2003