Copyright is a set of laws designed to protect original works of authorship in a tangible form of expression. These laws offer copyright owners’ protection over how their work is reused.
From Copyright Basics, Circular 1, U.S. Copyright Office, available online at http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf
Facts about copyright:
Requirements for Copyright Protection
The owner of the Copyright, has
Public domain refers to works whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, have been waived, or ar inapplicable. For example, works of Shakespeare or Beethoven were created before copyright existed. Some works such as cooking recipes, instructions, standard calendars, measurements, and telephone books which contain no original authorship are not eligible for copyright protection. Be sure and check carefully to determine that
Other Public Domain works:
The Four Factors of Fair Use
The four factors judges consider are:
Any determination of Fair Use must take all FOUR factors into consideration.
How often a work is used is NOT part of the copyright law, though some publishers believe you should seek permission or pay a royalty fee for repeated use fo copyrighted works. A safe practice is to seek permission for repeated use, especially if the use is over several years, though it is not stipulated by the copyright law.
Adapted from FL-102, June 1999, available online at http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html
Other Exceptions to Copyright
Copyright Tutorials and Resources
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