According to the U.S. Copyright Office, It is a principle of American law that an author of a work may reap the fruits of his or her intellectual creativity for a limited period of time. Copyright literally means the right to copy. There are more than 300 years of history and legal cases that developed copyright law in the U.S. It all began in England in the late 15th century, with the introduction of the printing press. In 1710, Parliament passed the Statute of Anne, which established the principles of authors’ ownership of copyright, preventing a monopoly by booksellers, according to the Library of Congress (LC).