What can you Copyright?Copyrights protect original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression.
Fair Use: Four Questions to ask. Character Market Nature How much
Obtain PermissionAsk the owner for permission.License fee.
Public DomainDefinition: A public domain work is a creativework that is not protected by copyright andwhich may be freely used by everyone. Thereasons that the work is not protected include:(1) the term of copyright for the work hasexpired; (2) the author failed to satisfy statutoryformalities to perfect the copyright or (3) thework is a work of the U.S. Government.
Orphaned WorkDefinition: An orphaned work is a creative workthat is not protected by copyright andwhich may be freely used by everyone. Thereasons that the work is not protected include:(1) the term of copyright for the work hasexpired; (2) the author is unknown.
Alternative to CopyrightCreative Commons is a great way to open anopen source license for media, music, images,and more.Creativecommons.org for more information.
RememberGet your work registered with the Copyrightoffice.35 dollar charge.Electronic FillingMass filing for one price.Protection becomes a public record.
LicensingYou can sell the rights of your image orwork to be reproduced.The rights are sold per run of thepublication.Prices for licensing can be figured bycirculation of the publication.Always get the usage rights in a writtencontract.
References• Copy Write Basics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf• Copyright Crash Course. Georgia K. Harper. 2007. Retrieved from http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/• WHEN U.S. WORKS PASS INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. (n.d.). Lolly Gasaway. Retrieved from http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm