Orion Reynolds
Tech 2-Period A1
12/9/2014

Copyright Laws

We have been learning about copyright laws on "21 Things 4 Students", and I have learned a lot of things from this quest. Copyright basically works like this: first, a creator creates something new, and if they use any content from already copyrighted material, they get permission or read the license to make see if the material can be used without permission as long as credit is given.  After the creator creates something, the product can be copyrighted. If it gets copyrighted, that product that was just created is protected by copyright laws, meaning it can not be copied without permission or unless the rules you specified are followed, for as long as the author is alive, plus 70 years (company-copyrighted materials are protected for a lifetime, plus 120 years). After that 70 or 120 years runs out, the product falls into the public domain, and all material in the public domain is available to use by anyone, free of charge! The last thing is fair use. Fair use is simply using copyrighted materials fairly (e.g. by giving credit), and things like the educational loophole. This loophole allows all creators using copyrighted material for an educational purpose to use material by citing sources, paraphrasing, and/or following all other rules that are given in the license. There are also some more allowed uses, like using only certain clips from copyrighted multimedia (music, movies, etc.). This is what I have learned about copyright laws so far.