Law of the United States of America
and Related Laws
Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code
Title 44 — Public Printing and Documents, U.S. Code
Chapter 21 — National Archives and Records
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§ 2117 · Limitation on liability1
When letters and other intellectual productions (exclusive of
patented material, published works under copyright protection, and unpublished
works for which copyright registration has been made) come into the custody
or possession of the Archivist, the United States or its agents are not liable
for infringement of copyright or analogous rights arising out of use of the
materials for display, inspection, research, reproduction, or other purposes.
1In 1968, this section,
originally designated as section 2113, which is entitled “Limitation
on liability,” was added to
title 44 of the United States Code. Pub. L. No. 90-620, 82 Stat. 1238,
1291. The 1976 Copyright Act amended section 2113 in its entirety. Pub. L.
No. 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541, 2599. The National Archives and Records Administration
Act of 1984 amended section 2113 by redesignating it as section 2117 and by
inserting “Archivist” in
lieu of “Administrator of General Services.” Pub. L. No. 98-497,
98 Stat. 2280 and 2286.