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  • 1. Copyright Questions about Copyright? By: Francisco Alejo 2012
  • 2. What is copyright?
    • Copyright is a protection given in the U.S. Constitution.
    • It is granted by law for Original Works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
    • Copyright laws covers both published and unpublished works.
  • 3. What does copyright protect?
    • Original Works of authorship
      • Literary
      • Dramatic
      • Musical
      • Artistic
      • Examples include: (Poetry, novels, songs, computer software, and architecture.)
  • 4. When is my work protected?
    • The work is protected under the copyright the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form.
    • Remember:
    • Ideas are not protected by copyright.
  • 5. What Does Copyright Give Rights Holders?
    • Right to reproduce the work.
    • Right to prepare derivative works.
    • Right to distribute copies for sale.
    • Right to perform AV works publicly.
    • Right to display musical and artistic works publicly.
  • 6. How Long Does Copyright Last?
    • A copyright last for life plus 70 years for individuals for anything on or after 1978.
    • A copyright lasts for 95 years for corporate authors after publication for anything on or after 1978. (It is 120 years after creation if not published.)
    • Works published before 1978 and after 1923 are protected for 95 years.
  • 7. What is Fair Use?
    • Use of material for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
    • Limitations apply. This includes consideration of the purpose, nature, amount and substantiality, and the effect of the use on potential value of work.
  • 8. More Fair Use
    • You can use excerpts from a book to write a review of it. However, you can’t reproduce whole chapters of the book for reviewing purposes without permission.
    • A class dealing with film studies can screen a movie without payment for study purposes. However, no admission can be charged and only students in the class can attend the screening.
    • Difficult area that can get people in trouble. Consult an attorney if you are in doubt…
  • 9. Resources
    • The Library of Congress