What is copyright?

And why is it important to know the rules?

"Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works" (U.S. Copyright Office, 2006).

Copyright protects the original works of the author and only give the creator/author the right to reproduce or copy the original work for the public, create new works based on the original, and preform/display the work publicly.

What is not protected under Copyright?

  • Unfixed works that have not been recorded in a tangible, fixed form (e.g., a song you made up and sang in the shower)
  • Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs
  • Personal ideas and facts
  • Processes and systems like the Dewey decimal system
  • Federal government works

So Why should you know this information?

It is important to know what exactly to know exactly what copyright is because almost anything you find on the internet has an owner. When using resources for a project, you must give credit to the author, as well as not take their work and pass it on as your own. Remember, Violating Copyright laws is considered stealing!


Alexis Shults EFC 416

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